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In painted plumes superbly dress’d, A native of the gorgeous East,
By many a billow toss'd ; Poll gains at length the British shore, Part of the captain's precious store,
A present to his toast.
Belinda's maids are soon preferr'd
As Poll can master it;
And make him quite a wit.
“Sweet Poll!" his doating mistress cries, “Sweet Poll !" the mimic bird replies,
And calls aloud for sack. She next instructs him in the kiss ; 'Tis now a little one, like Miss ;
And now a hearty smack.
At first he aims at what he hears ;
Just catches at the sound ;
And stuns the neighbours round.
A querulous old woman's voice
He scolds, and gives the lie. And now he sings, and now is sick, “ Here Sally, Susan, come, come quick,
Poor Poll is like to die !"
Belinda and her bird ! 't is rare
The language and the tone,
And both in unison.
When children first begin to spell,
We think them tedious creatures ;
And women are the teachers.
THE STORMY PETREL.
The lark sings for joy on his own loved land, In the furrow'd fields, by the breezes fann'd ;
And so revel we,
In the furrow'd sea,
On the placid breast of the inland lake
But the Petrel braves
The wild ocean waves,
The halcyon loves, in the noontide beam,
He fishes at ease
In the summer breeze,
No song-note have we, but a piping cry,
When the land-birds wail [high ;
We sport in the gale,
During the severe gales in November, 1836, a Stormy Petrel was driven inland, and took shelter in a pigsty, in Wellington, Salop, where it was made captive, and remained for some time in the possession of the editor of this little work. It afforded him no little amusement while skimming on the surface of a tub of water; and, strange to say, was remarkably tame. Circumstances, however, rendered it necessary that it should be destroyed, in order to be preserved, and it (notwithstanding the length of time it had been out of its “ element wild") fully verified the fact of its being easily converted into a lamp by the natives of the Feroe Islands, by the immense quantity of oil (for so small a creature) which was discharged from its bill after it was killed. THE NIGHTINGALE.
BEAUTIFUL Nightingale, who shall portray