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THE LARK.
Bird of the wilderness,

Blithesome and cumberless,
Sweet be thy matins o’er moorland and lea!

Emblem of happiness,

Blest is thy dwelling-placeO to abide in the desert with thee!

Wild is thy lay, and loud,

Far in the downy cloud;
Love gives it energy-love gave it birth :

Where, on thy dewy wing

Where art thou journeying?
Thy lay is in heaven—thy love is on earth.

O'er fell and fountain sheen,

O'er moor and mountain green,
O'er the red streamer that heralds the day

Over the cloudlet dim,

Over the rainbow's rim, Musical cherub, soar, singing, away!

Then, when the gloaming comes,

Low in the heather blooms,
Sweet will thy welcome and bed of love be!

Emblem of happiness,

Blest is thy dwelling-place 0 to abide in the desert with thee!

JAMES HOGG.

LARK.

To the last point of vision, and beyond,

Mount, daring warbler! that love-prompted strain ("Twixt thee and thine a never-failing bond)

Thrills not the less the bosom of the plain ;
Yet might'st thou seem, proud privilege! to sing

All independent of the leafy spring.
Leave to the nightingale her shady wood ;

A privacy of glorious light is thine ;
Whence thou dost pour upon the world a flood

Of harmony, with rapture more divine ;
Type of the wise who soar but never roam ;
Twin to the kindred points of Heaven and home.

WORDS WORTH,

LINES.
So when the lark, poor bird! afar espyeth

Her yet unfeathered children, whom to save
She strives in vain-lain by the fatal scythe,

Which from the me:dow her green locks do shave,
That their warm nest is now become their grave.
The woful mother up to heaven springs,
And all about her plaintive notes she flings,
And their untimely fate most pitifully sings.

GILES FLETCHER, 1585-1623.

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VI.

May.

WHAT, alas! will become of those luckless wights—the

future poets of Caffreland and New Zealand, of Patagonia and Pitcairn's Island—when they suddenly awake to the miserable reality that there is no May in their year.

May! The very word in itself is charming ; pleasing to the eye, falling sweetly on the ear, gliding naturally into music and song, dowered with innumerable images of beauty and delight, imaginary bliss, and natural joy. What, we ask again, will be the melancholy consequences to the southern hemisphere when they become fully conscious that they have lost the “merry month," the “soote season,” from their calendar —that with them January must forever linger in the lap of May. Conceive of Hottentot elegies and Fejee sonnets enlarging upon the balmy airs and soft skies of November ; raving about the tender young blossoms of December, and the delicate fruits of January. Will the world ever become really accustomed to such a change of key? We doubt it. After all, there is something in primogeniture ; it naturally gives all the honors of precedence. Those writers who first caught the ear of the listening earth will always have the best of it ; their successors must fain be content to yield a certain homage to long-established privileges. It will be a great while yet—at least a thousand years or so—before the Dryden of Port Sidney or the Camoens of Paraguay shall venture to say hard things of May!

MAY MORNING.

SONG.

Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flow'ry May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose.

Hail bounteous May, that dost inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
Woods and groves are of thy dressing ;

Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long !

JOHN MILTON

EMILIA ON MAY DAY.

FROM "PALAMON AND ARCITE."

Thus year by year they pass, and day by day,
Till once, 'twas on the morn of cheerful May,
The young Emilia, fairer to be seen
Than the fair lily on the flowery green-
More fresh than May herself in blossoms new-
For with the rosy color strove her hue-
Waked, as her custom was, before the day,
To do th’ observance due to sprightly May :
For sprightly May commands our youth to keep
The vigils of her nights, and breaks their sluggard sleep.
Each gentle breath with kindly warmth she moves ;
Inspires new flames, revives extinguished loves.
In this remembrance, Emily, ere day,
Arose, and dress’d herself in rich array ;

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