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“She shall be sportive as the Fawn
"The floating Clouds their state shall lend To her; for her the willow bend; Nor shall she fail to see
Even in the motions of the Storm
Grace that shall mould the Maiden's form By silent sympathy.
“ The Stars of midnight shall be dear
pass into her face.
“ And vital feelings of delight
Thus Nature spake—The work was done-
The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink;
No other sheep were near, the Lamb was all alone,
The Lamb while from her hand he thus his supper took Seemed to feast with head and ears; and his tail with
pleasure shook. “Drink, pretty Creature, drink,” she said in such a tone That I almost received her heart into my own.
'Twas little Barbara Lewthwaite, a Child of beauty rare! I watched them with delight, they were a lovely pair. Now with her empty Can the Maiden turned away; But ere ten yards were gone her footsteps did she stay.
Towards the Lamb she looked; and from that shady place
“ What ails thee, Young One? What? Why pull so at
thy cord ? Is it not well with thee? Well both for bed and board ? Thy plot of grass is soft, and green as grass can be ; Rest, little Young One, rest; what is't that aileth thee?
“What is it thou wouldst seek? What is wanting to thy
Thy limbs are they not strong ? And beautiful thou art : This grass is tender grass; these flowers they have no
peers; And that green corn all day is rustling in thy ears !
" If the Sun be shining hot, do but stretch thy woollen
chain, This beech is standing by, its covert thou canst gain; For rain and mountain storms! the like thou need'st not
The rain and storm are things which scarcely can come
“Rest, little Young One, rest; thou hast forgot the day When
Father found thee first in places far away; Many flocks were on the hills, but thou wert owned by
And thy mother from thy side for evermore was gone.
“ He took thee in his arms, and in pity brought thee
A blessed day for thee! then whither wouldst thou roam ? A faithful Nurse thou hast, the Dam that did thee yean Upon the mountain tops no kinder could have been.