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ODE TO PEACE°

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COME, peace of mind, delightful guest !
Return and make thy downy nest

Once more in this sad heart:
Nor riches I nor power pursue,
Nor hold forbidden joys in view;

We therefore need not part.

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II

Where wilt thou dwell, if not with me,
From avarice and ambition free,

And pleasure's fatal wiles?
For whom, alas ! dost thou prepare
The sweets that I was wont to share,

The banquet of thy smiles ?

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III

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The great, the gay, shall they partake,
The Heaven that thou alone canst make ?

And wilt thou quit the stream
That murmurs through the dewy mead,
The grove and the sequestered shed

To be a guest with them?

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For thee I panted, thee I prized,
For thee I gladly sacrificed

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Whate'er I loved before,
And shall I see thee start away,
And helpless, hopeless, hear thee say,

“Farewell ! we meet no more"?

THE MODERN PATRIOT

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REBELLION is my theme all day:

I only wish 'twould come. (As who knows but perhaps it may ?)

A little nearer home.

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Yon roaring boys, who rave and fight

On t'other side the Atlantic,
I always held them in the right,

But most so when most frantic.

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When lawless mobs insult the court,

That man shall be my toast,
If breaking windows be the sport,

Who bravely breaks the most.

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But, O! for him my fancy culls

The choicest flowers she bears,

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Who constitutionally pulls

Your house about your ears.

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Such civil broils are my delight,

Though some folks can't endure them,
Who say the mob are mad outright,

And that a rope must cure them.

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VI

A rope! I wish we patriots had

Such strings for all who need 'em -
What! hang a man for going mad!

Then farewell British freedom.

REPORT OF AN ADJUDGED CASE

NOT TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKS

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BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,

The spectacles set them unhappily wrong;
The point in dispute was, as all the world knows,

To which the said spectacles ought to belong.

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So Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause

With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning,

While Chief Baron Ear sat to balance the laws,

So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.

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“In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear, And your lordship,” he said, "will undoubtedly

find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,

Which amounts to possession time out of mind.”

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IV

Then holding the spectacles up to the court, “Your lordship observes they are made with a

straddle, As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short,

Designed to sit close to it, just like a saddle.

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Again, would your lordship a moment suppose,

('Tis a case that has happened, and may be again,) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose, Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles

then ?

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VI

“On the whole it appears, and my argument shows,

With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose

And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.”

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Then shifting his side, (as a lawyer knows how,) 25

He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes:
But what were his arguments few people know,

For the court did not think they were equally wise.

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So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone,

Decisive and clear, without one if or but
That, whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,

By day-light or candle-light-Eyes should be shut !

THE LILY AND THE ROSE

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The Nymph must lose her female friend,

If more admired than she
But where will fierce contention end,

If flowers can disagree?

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Within the garden's peaceful scene

Appeared two lovely foes,
Aspiring to the rank of queen,

The Lily and the Rose.

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The Rose soon reddened into rage,

And swelling with disdain,

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