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(Lit. Gaz.)

SIGNS OF RAIN;

An Excuse for not accepting the Invitation of a Friend to make an Excursion with him.

AN ORIGINAL POEM, BY THE LATE DR. JENNER.

1. The hollow winds begin to blow,

2. The clouds look black, the grass is low;

S. The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep,

4. And spiders from their cobwebs peep.
5. Last night the sun went pale to bed,
6. The moon in halos hid her head;

7. The boding shepherd heaves a sigh,
8. For, see a rainbow spans the sky.

9. The walls are damp, the ditches smell,
10. Clos'd is the pink-ey'd pimpernell.

11. Hark! how the chairs and tables crack,

12. Old Betty's joints are on the rack;
13. Loud quack the ducks, the peacocks cry;

14. The distant hills are looking nigh.

15. How restless are the snorting swine,

16. The busy flies disturb the kine;
17. Low o'er the grass the swallow wings;
18. The cricket, too, how sharp he sings;
19. Puss on the hearth, with velvet paws,
20. Sits, wiping o'er her whisker'd jaws.
21. Through the clear stream the fishes rise,
22. And nimbly catch th' incautious flies;
23. The glow-worms, numerous and bright,
24. Illum'd the dewy dell last night.

25. At dusk the squalid toad was seen,
26. Hopping and crawling o'er the green;
27. The whirling wind the dust obeys,

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