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At length he enter'd on a Mill,
Attended him, he flourish’d still,
21 His hand at brewing next he tried, Success was more and more,
Such beer, such ale, his friends all said Ne'er tasted was before.
No roguery in him was found,
His beer was always good and sound,
23 At length, John Barleycorn, 'tis said, Northink I’m speaking scorn,-For so much worth a Knight was made, Fam’d SIR John BARLEY conn.
Unknown if with Address to court
Or service in the field he wrought,
25 Our second Charles, of fame facete’, On loin of beef did dine, He held his broad sword o'er the meat, And dub’d it then SIR Loi N.
27 Suffice it that he is a Knight For service to the State,
And may we all his love requite,
Long Life to SIR John BARLEY.co RN
W. THE PEASANT. o 1 THE peasant's blest, who in his cot, Secure from flatt'ry and deceit, The bread his honest labour got, In peace can eat. 2 Whose family to cloathe and feed Does each new day his hands employ, But toils, well pleas'd, th’ approaching need To satisfy. | 3 O happy state, which so contents 1 Who's cheerful, tho’ he’s poor; Who asks of Heav'n what nature wants, But asks no more. 4 The miser's fears ne'er rack his breast, Each night he lays him down in peace; No dreams of rapine break his rest, He sleeps at ease. 5 Rises each morn with early dews, Salutes with joy the welcome day; And in the fields his toil pursues, With spirits gay.
When nature calls for nourishment,
Nor guilt, nor fear his joys dismay,
But when the sun retracts his rays,
There he his leisure hours enjoys,
. Thus steal away his earthly days,
11 Each neighb'ring peasant weeps his end, Dropping a kind unfeigned tear; And mourns for his departed friend, - With heart sincere. - 12 O Heav'n' let me such bliss enjoy, Crown'd with content, and free from blame; And may good deeds, whene’er I die, Record my fame. J. W.
1 THE Ploughman whistles o'er the furrow, The Hedger joins the vacant strain, The Woodman sings the woodland thorough, The Shepherd's pipe delights the plain:
Where'er the anxious eye can roam,