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"Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,

And then go home to bed.'
The little ones leaped and shouted and laugh’d

And all the hills echoed.


HOLY THURSDAY 'Twas on a Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean, The children walking two and two, in red and blue and green, Grey headed beadles walk'd before, with wands as white as

snow, Till unto the high dome of Paul's they like Thames' waters


O what a multitude they seem'd, these flowers of London

town! Seated in companies, they sit with radiance all their own. The hum of multitudes was there, but multitudes of lambs, Thousands of little boys and girls raising their innocent


Now like a mighty wind they raise to heaven the voice of

song, Or like harmonious thunderings the seats of heaven among. Beneath them sit the aged men, wise guardians of the poor; Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door.

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For Mercy has a human heart,
Pity a human face,
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress.


every man, of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine,
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

And all must love the human form,
In heathen, Turk, or Jew;
Where Mercy, Love and Pity dwell,
There God is dwelling too.


SONG Fresh from the dewy hill, the merry year Smiles on my head and mounts his flaming car; Round my young brows the laurel wreathes a shade, And rising glories beam around my head.

My feet are wing'd, while o'er the dewy lawn,
I meet my maiden risen like the morn:
Oh bless those holy feet, like angel's feet;
Oh bless those limbs, beaming with heav'nly light.
Like as an angel glitt'ring in the sky
In times of innocence and holy joy;
The joyful shepherd stops his grateful song
To hear the music of an angel's tongue.

So when she speaks, the voice of heaven I hear;
So when we walk, nothing impure comes near;
Each field seems Eden, and each calm retreat
Each village seems the haunt of holy feet.

But that sweet village where my black-ey'd maid
Closes her eyes in sleep beneath night's shade,
Whene'er I enter, more than mortal fire
Burns in my soul, and does my song inspire.

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In the downhill of life, when I find I'm declining,

May my fate no less fortunate be
Than a snug elbow-chair can afford for reclining,

And a cot that o'erlooks the wide sea;
With an ambling pad-pony to pace o'er the lawn,

While I carol away idle sorrow,
And blithe as the lark that each day hails the dawn

Look forward with hope for to-morrow.
With a porch at my door, both for shelter and shade too,

As the sun-shine or rain may prevail; And a small spot of ground for the use of the spade too,

With a barn for the use of the flail: A cow for my dairy, a dog for my game,

And a purse when a friend wants to borrow; I'll envy no nabob his riches or fame,

Nor what honours may wait him to-morrow. From the bleak northern blast may my cot be completely

Secured by a neighbouring hill;
And at night may repose steal upon me more sweetly

By the sound of a murmuring rill:
And while peace and plenty I find at my board,

With a heart free from sickness and sorrow,
With my friends may I share what today may afford,

And let them spread the table to-morrow.
And when I at last must throw off this frail covering,

Which I've worn for three-score years and ten,
On the brink of the grave I'll not seek to keep hovering,

ту thread wish to spin o'er again: But my face in the glass I'll serenely survey,

And with smiles count each wrinkle and furrow; And this old worn-out stuff which is threadbare today,

May become everlasting to-morrow.


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JESSIE, THE FLOWER O' DUNBLANE The sun has gane down o'er the lofty Benlomond,

And left the red clouds to preside o'er the scene, While lanely I stray in the calm simmer gloamin'

To muse on sweet Jessie, the flower o' Dunblane. How sweet is the brier, wi' its saft faulding blossom,

And sweet is the birk, wi' its mantle o' green; Yet sweeter and fairer, and dear to this bosom,

Is lovely young Jessie, the flower o' Dunblane.

She's modest as ony, and blythe as she's bonny;

For guileless simplicity marks her its ain; And far be the villain, divested o' feeling,

Wha'd blight, in its bloom, the sweet flower o' Dunblane. Sing on, thou sweet mavis, thy hymn to the e'ening,

Thou'rt dear to the echoes of Calderwood glen; Sae dear to this bosom, sae artless and winning,

Is charming young Jessie, the flower o' Dunblane

How lost were my days till I met wi' my Jessie,

The sports o' the city seemed foolish and vain; I ne'er saw a nymph I would ca’ my dear lassie,

Till charm’d wi' sweet Jessie, the flower o' Dunblane
Though mine were the station o' loftiest grandeur,

Amidst its profusion I'd languish in pain;
And reckon as naething the height o' its splendour,

If wanting sweet Jessie, the flower o' Dunblane.


GLOOMY winter's now awa',

Saft the westlan' breezes blaw,
'Mang the birks o' Stanley-shaw

The mavis sings fu' cheerie, O!

Sweet the crawflower's early bell
Decks Gleniffer's dewy dell,
Blooming like thy bonnie sel',

My young, my artless dearie, O!

Come, my lassie, let us stray
O’er Glenkilloch's sunny brae,
Blithely spend the gowden day

'Midst joys that never weary, O!
Towering o'er the Newton wuds,
Laverocks' fan the snaw-white cluds,
Siller saughs, wi’ downy buds,

Adorn the banks sae briery, O!

Round the sylvan fairy nooks
Feath'ry breckans fringe the rocks,
’Neath the brae the burnie jouks,

And ilka® thing is cheerie, O!
Trees may bud, and birds may sing,
Flowers may bloom, and verdure spring,
Joy to me they canna bring,

Unless wi' thee, my dearie, O!




THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight

To me did seem

Apparell'd in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it has been of yore;-

Turn wheresoe'er I may,

By night or day, The things which I have seen I now can see no more! 1 Larks. a Silver willows. 3 Brakes. • Dodges.

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