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I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Which makes thee startle
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may
thieve : What then ? poor beastie, thou maun live; A daimen icker in a thrave 9
's a sma' request: I'll get a blessing wi' the lave, 10
And never miss 't.
Thy wee bit housie too, in ruin!
O foggage 12 green!
Baith snell 14 and keen !
Thou saw the fields laid bare and waste,
Thou thought to dwell,
Out through thy cell.17
But house or hald,19
And cranreuch cauld ! 22
But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,23
Gang aft a-gley, 4
For promised joy.
Still thou art blest, compared wi' me:
On prospects drear !
1 Sleekit, sleek; soft and smooth. 2 Hastie, hastily. 3 Bickering brattle, fluttering haste. 4 I wad be laith, I would be loath. 5 Pattle, ploughstaf. 6 Man's dominion, the power given to
man to rule over the other crea
tures, 7 Whyles, at times. 8 Maun, must. 9 A daimen icker in a thrave, an ear
of corn now and then in two shocks--that is, in twenty-four
sheaves. 10 The lave, the rest. 11 Big, build. 12 Foggage, long rank grass left for
pasturage in winter.
18 Ensuin', coming on. 14 Snell, cold and piercing. 15 Cozie, comfortable. 16 Coulter, the piece of iron which
cuts the soil in front of the plough
share. 17 Cell, nest. 18 Nibble, the act of gnawing or eat
ing away little by little. 19 But house or hald, without house or
dwelling-place. 20 Thole, suffer. 21 Sleety dribble, the falling of hail or
snow mixed with rain. 22 Cranreuch cauld, cold hoar-frost. 23 No thy lane, not alone. 24 Gang aft &-gloy, often miscarry.
25 Ee, eye.
A pair of married kangaroos
(The case is oft a human one too) Were greatly puzzled once to choose
A trade to put their eldest son to : A little brisk and busy chap,
As all the little K.'s just then areAbout some two months off the lap
They 're not so long in arms as men are.
A twist in each parental muzzle
So much the flavour of life's cup
Is framed by early wrong or right,
Dependent on their rearing up.'
And yet they had no squeamish carings
For they had no armorial bearings.
Whoe'er has seen their infant young
Would own, with very ready tongue,
It kept the old pair watchful nightly,
And go through life (like them) uprightly.
And agriculture was not proper,
For ever as a mere clod-hopper.
At least in any striking style ;
And as for being mercantile-
In music he could scarce engage ;
And as for going on the stage,
A haberdasher 3 had some merit,
For just suppose
A lady chose
"A tailor would not do because'.
'Twas posing quite
And in the night
It came—no thought was ever brighter !
• Let's make the imp5 a shorthand writer !'
I wish all human parents so
Would argue what their sons are fit for ; Some would-be critics that I know Would be in trades they have more wit for.
1 Marry, an interjection, here nearly
equal to indeed. 2 Tragic socks. Greek tragic actors
wore high-heeled shoes, as distin-
3 Haberdasher, a seller of small-wares.
from silk. Also the name of an ani-
of creatures like the kangaroo. 5 Imp, urchin.
THE SEVEN AGES OF MAN.
THE SEVEN AGES OF MAN.
(From As You Like It.)
All the world's a stage,
1 Their exits and their entrances, going | 4 Instances, examples. out and coming in.
5 Pantaloon, a ridiculous figure in a 2 Pard, leopard.
play. 3 Saws, sayings or maxims.
6 Sans, without