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THE INVITATION

TO A

ROBIN-RED-BREAST.

DOMESTIC bird, whom wintry blas's

To seek for human aid compel, To me for warmth and shelter fly,

Welcome beneath my roof to dwell ? Supplies, thy hunger to relieve,

I'll daily at my window lay, Assur'd that daily those supplies

With grateful song thou wilt' repay:

Soon as the new-returning spring

Shall call thee forth to woods and groves, Freely revisit then the scene,

Which notes as sweet as thine approves : But if another winter's blast

Should bring me back my guest again, Again with music come prepar'd

Thy friendly host to entertain.

AD

RUBECUL AM

INVITATIO.

HOSPES avis, conviva domo gratissima cuivis,

Quam bruma humanam quærere cogit opem, Huc 0! hyberni fugias 'ut frigora cæli,

Confuge, et incolumis sub la re vive meo : Unde tuam esuriem releves, alimenta fenestræ

Apponam, quoties itque reditque dies ; Usu etenim edidici, quod grato alimenta rependes Cantu, quæ

dederit cunque benigna manus.

Vere novo, tepidæ spirant cum molliter auræ,

Et suus in quavis arbore vernat honos,
Pro libitu ad lucos redeas, sylvasque revisas,

Læta quibus resonat musica parque tuæ :
Sin iterum, sin forte iterum, inclementia bruma

Ad mea dilectam tecta reducat avem, Esto, redux, grato menor esto rependere cantu

Pabula, quæ dederit cunque benigna manus. i

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THE SNOW-DROP.

The sacred power of harmony

In this its best effect appears,
That friendship in the strictest bands

It both engages and endears.
In music's ravishing delights

You feather'd race with men agree ; Of all the animated world

The only harmonists are we.

THE SNOW-DROP.

WITH head reclin'd, the snow-drop see,
The first of Flora's progeny,
In virgin modesty appear,
To hail and welcome in the year.

Fearless of winter, it defies
The rigour of inclement skies,
And early hastens forth to bring
The tidings of approaching spring.

FLORA PRIMITIE.

Vis hinc harınoniæ, numerorum hinc sacra potestas

Conspicitur, nusquam conspicienda magis;
Vincula quod stabilis firmissima nectit amoris,

Vincula vix longa dissocianda die.
Captat et incantat blando oblecta mine inusa

Humanum pariter pennigerumque genus;
Nos homines et aves, quotcunque animalia vivunt,

Nos soli, barmoniæ gens studiosa sumus.

FLORÆ PRIMITIÆ.

VIRGINEUM casto caput en ! recline pudore

Flosculus ostentat, de nive nomen habens ! Ecce ! recens natum primus resalutet ut annan,

Exerit e gelida se properanter humo !

Nec rigidi conterret eum inclementiá cæli,

Frigida nec Boreæ vis, hyeinisque minæ ; Axe statim verso, quin protinus exit in auras,

Veris ut instantis nuntia læta ferat.

LOVE DISARMED.

Though simple in its dress and plain,
It ushers in a beauteous train;
And claims, how gaudy e'er they be,
The merit of precedency.

All that the gay or sweet composé,
The pink, the violct and the rose,
In fair succession as they blow,
Their glories to the snow-drop owe.

LOVE DISARMED.

BENEATH a myrtle's verdant shade,
As Chloe half asleep was laid,
Cupid perch'd lightly on her breast,
And in that heaven desir'd to rest :
Over her paps his wings he spread,
Between he found a downy bed,
And nestled in his little head.

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Still lay the God : the nymph surpriz’d,
Yet mistress of herself, devis'd,

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