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Sleep .................... Keats 2
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Isabel ......... ....... Keats 10

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PAGE Flowers .............. E. Elliott 10 A Gleam of Sunshine .........

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ODE ON THE SPRING. By GRAY, well known to every reader as the author of the famous Elegy.

Lo! where the rosy-bosom'd hours,

Fair Venus' train, appear,
Disclose the long-expecting flowers,

And wake the purple year!
The Attic warbler pours her throat,
Responsive to the cuckoo's note,

The untaught harmony of Spring :
While, whispering pleasure as they fly,
Cool zephyrs through the clear blue sky

Their gather'd fragrance fling.
Where'er the oak's thick branches stretch

A broader, browner shade ;
Where'er the rude and moss-grown beech

O'er-occupies the glade,
Beside some water's rushy brink
With me the Muse shall sit and think

(At ease, reclined in rustic state),
How vain the ardour of the crowd,
How low, how little, are the proud,

How indigent the great!
Still is the toiling hand of Care :

The panting herds repose:
Yet hark, how through the peopled air

The busy murmur glows !
The insect youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied Spring,

And float amid the liquid noon :
Some lightly o'er the current skim,
Some show their gaily-gilded trim,

• Quick glancing to the sun. VOL. III.


To Contemplations sober eye,

Such is the race of man:
And they that creep, and they that fly,

Shall end where they began.
Alike, the busy and the gay
But flutter through life's little day,

In Fortune's varying colonrs dress'd : Brush'd by the hand of rough Mischance, Or chill'd by Age, their airy dance

They leave, in dust to rest.

Methinks I hear, in accents low,

The sportive kind reply:
"Poor moralist! and what art thou ?

A solitary fly!
Thy joys no glittering female meets,
No hive hast thou of hoarded sweets,

No painted plumage to display:
On hasty wings thy youth is flown :
Thy sun is set, thy spring is gone
We frolic while 'tis May."

SLEEP. A passage from Endymion, by Keats. So she was gently glad to see him laid Under her favourite bower's quiet shade, On her own couch, new made of flower leaves, Dried carefully on the cooler side of sheaves, When last the sun his autumn tresses shook, And the tann'd harvesters rich armfuls took. Soon was he quieted to slumbrous rest : But, ere it crept upon him, he had prest Peona's busy hand against his lips, And still, a-sleeping, held her finger-tips In tender pressure. And as a willow keeps A patient watch over the stream that creeps Windingly by it, so the quiet made Held her in peace: so that a whispering blade

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