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O'erturn'd his infant's bed, he found
And all around, the walls and ground
He call'd his child,—no voice replied;
He search'd with terror wild;
But nowhere found his child!
"Monster! by thee my child's devour'd!"
The frantic father cried,
He plung'd in Gelert's side!
Aroused by Gelert's dying yell,
What words the parent's joy can tell,
Conceal'd beneath a mangled heap,
All glowing from his rosy sleep,
Nor scratch had he, nor harm, nor dread-
Lay a great wolf, all torn and dead,—
Ah! what was then Llewellyn's pain!
For now the truth was clear;
To save Llewellyn's heir!
Vain, vain was all Llewellyn's woe,
"Best of thy kind, adieu! "The frantic deed which laid thee Iowj
"This heart shall ever rue!"
And now a gallant tomb they raise,
And marbles, storied with his praise,
Here never could the spearman pass,
Or forester, unmoved;
Llewellyn's sorrow proved.
And here he hung his horn and spear;
And oft, as ev'ning fell,
Poor Gelert's dying yell!
24.— THE CHAMELEON.
Oft has it been my lot to mark
Two travellers of such a cast,
As o'er Arabian wilds they pass'd,
And on their way, in friendly chat,
Now talk'd of this, and then of that,
Discoursed awhile, 'mongst other matter,
Of the chameleon's form and nature.
"A stranger animal," cries one,
"Sure never lived heneath the sun!
"A lizard's hody, lean and long,
"A fish's head, a serpent's tongue,
"Its foot with tripled claw disjoin'd;
"And what a length of tail behind!
"How slow its pace! and then its hue—
"Who ever saw so fine a blue!"
"Hold there!" the other quick replies,
"' Tis green—I saw it with these eyes,
"As late with open mouth it lay,
"And warm'd it in the sunny ray;
"Stretch'd at its ease, the beast I view'd
'" And saw it eat the air for food."
"I've seen it, sir, as well as you,
"And must again affirm it blue;
"At leisure I the beast survey'd
"Extended in the cooling shade."
"' Tis green, 'tis green, sir, I assure ye."
"Green!" cries the other in a fury;
"Why, sir—d'ye think I've lost my eyes?"
'.' Twere no great loss," the friend replies,
"For, if they always serve you thus
"You'll find 'em but of little use!"
So high at last the contest rose,
From words they almost came to blows;
When luckily came by a third:
To him the question they referr'd;
And begged he'd tell 'em if he knew
Whether the thing was green or blue.
"Sirs," cries the umpire, "cease your pother;
"The creature's neither one nor t'other.
"I caught the animal last night,
"And view'd it o'er by candle-light;
"I mark'd it well—'twas black as jet—
"You stare—but sirs, I've got it yet,
"And can produce it,"—"Pray, sir, do:
"I'll lay my life the thing is blue."
"And I'll be sworn, that when you've seen
"The reptile, you'll pronounce it green."
"Well then, at once to end the doubt,"
Replies the man, '" I'll turn him out;
"And when before your eyes I've set him,
"If you dont find him black, I'll eat him."
He said; then full before their sight
Produced the beast, and lo!—'twas white!
Both stared—the man look'd wondrous wise
"My children," the Chameleon cried,
(Then first the creature found a tongue,)
"You all are right, and all are wrong!
"When next you speak of what you view.
"Think others see, as well as you:
"Nor wonder if you find that none
"Prefer your eyesight to their own!"
25.—THE SANDS O' DEE.
"0 Mabt, go and call the cattle home,
The creeping tide came up along the sand,
Oh, is it weed, or fish, or floating hair?
They row'd her in across the rolling foam,
26. —JOHN GILPIN.
Of credit and renown,
Of famous London town.
John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear,
"These twice ten tedious years, yet we
"To-morrow is our wedding-day,
"And we will then repair
"All in a chaise and pair.