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APOSTROPHE, TO THE RIVER NITH. And hark to the funeral dirge of the Bee,

[By John Mayne.] And the Beetle that follows as mournful as he;

HAIL, gentle stream ! for ever dear And see where so sadly the green rushes Thy rudest murmurs to mine ear!

Torn from thy banks, though far I rove, wave, The Mole is preparing the Butterfly's The slave of Poverty and Love, grave!

Ne’er shall thy bard, where’er he be,

Without a sigh remember thee!
IV.

For there my infant years began,
The Dormouse attended, but cold and

And there my happiest minutes ran; forlorn,

And there, to love and friendship true, And the Gnat slowly winded his shrill

The blossoms of affection grew! little horn; And the Moth, who was grieved for the Blythe on thy banks, thou sweetest stream loss of a sister,

That ever nursed a poet's dream! Bent over the body, and silently kissed Oft have I, in forbidden time, her.

(If youth could sanctify a crime !)

With bazel-rod, and fraudful fly,
V.

Ensnared thy unsuspecting fry; The corse was embalmed at the set of the In pairs have dragged them from their den, sun,

Till, chaced by lurking fishermen, And enclosed in a case which the Silk Away I've flown, as fleet as wind, worm had spun;

My lagging followers far behind! By the help of the Hornet the coffin was

And, when the vain pursuit was o'er, laid

Returned successful as before! On a bier out of myrtle and jessamine

made.

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VI.

By Francis Hodgson. In weepers and scarfs came the Butter

" Let Alexander's discontented soul Aies all,

Sigh for another world's increased control! And six of their number supported the Ill-weav'd ambition has no charm for me, pall;

Nor, sordid Avarice, am I slave to thee. And the Spider came there in his mourn. ing so black,

“ I only ask twelve thousand pounds a But the fire of the Glowworm soon fright year, ened him back.

And Curwen's country house on Winder

mere

EPITAPH.

VII.

A beauteous wife, as sensible as fair, The Grub left his nutshell to join the sad And many a friend, and not a single care.

throng, And slowly led with him the Bookworm

“ I am no glutton-no! I never wish along;

A sturgeon floating in a golden dish Who wept his poor neighbour's unfortu At the Piazza satisfied to pay nate doom,

Three guineas for my dinner every day. And wrote these few lines to be placed on her tomb:

“ What though shrewd Erskine at the

bar we view, At this solemn spot where the green rushes As famed as Crassus, and as wealthy too; wave,

I only ask the eloquence of Fox,
Here sadly we bend o'er the Butterfly's To jump like Ireland, and like Belcher
grave;

box;
'Twas here we to beauty our obsequies To act as Garrick didor any how
paid,

Unlike the heroes of the buskin now;
And hallowed the ground which her ashes To range, like Garnerin, through fields of
had made.

air, And here shall the daisy and violet blow; To win, like V---S, England's richest And the lily discover her bosom of snow, fair While under the leaf, in the evenings of I only ask these blessings to enjoy, spring,

And every varied talent well employ, Still mourning her friend shall the Grass. Thy life, Methuselah' or, if not thine, hopper sing

An immortality of love and wine."

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