« PreviousContinue »
What if thine heav'n be overcast,
Expect; a brighter sky;
If hindrances obstruct thy way,
And let thy strength be seen,
Take half thy canvass in.
A Reflection on the foregoing ODE.
A N t) is this all? Can reason do no more Than bid me shun the deep and dread the shore f
Sweet moralist! afloat on life's rough sea
'Translations from Vincent Bourne, I. The G L O W-W O R M,
BENEATH the hedge, or near the stream,
A worm is known to strayj
Which disappears by day.
Disputes have been and still prevail
Some give that honour to his taiL
. i 3- •'
But this is sure—the hand of might
That kindles up the ikiesj Gives him a modicum of light,
Proportions to his size.
Perhaps indulgent nature meant
By such a lamp bestow'd,
Be careful where he trod:
Nor crush a worm, whose useful light
Might serve, however small,
And save him from a fall.
Is legible and plain, <
'Tis power almighty bids him shine,
Yc proud and wealthy, let this theme
Since such a reptile has its gem,
2. The JACK DAW.
i. THERE is a bird who by his coat,
And by the hoarseness of his note,
Might be suppos'd a crow;
And dormitory too.
Above the steeple shines a plate,
From what point blows the weather;
He chooses it the mher.
t Z Fond
3Fond of the speculative height,
Thither he wings his airy flight,
And thence securely sees
The bustle and the raree-show
That occupy mankind below,
Secure and at his ease.
4- . . You think no doubt he sits and muses'_ On future broken bones and bruises,
If he should chance to fall j No not a single thought like that Employs his philosophic pate,
Or troubles it at all.
He fees that this great roundabout
The world, with all its motley rout,
Its customs and its businesses .
Are no concern at all of his,
And says, what fays he? Caw.