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The Thistle waved her bonnet blue,
Hail, gallant brothers! Wo befall
THE TWO OWLS AND THE SPARROW. Two formal Owls together sat, Conferring thus in solemn chat : "How is the modern taste decayed! "Where's the respect to wisdom paid? "Our worth the Grecian sages knew ;
They gave our sires the honour due: "They weighed the dignity of fowls, "And pried into the depth of Owls.
Athens, the seat of learned fame,
"With general voice revered our name;
'Brother, you reason well," replies
'Besides, on Pallas' helm we sit,
"The type and ornament of wit;
"But now, alas! we're quite neglected,
A Sparrow, who was lodged beside,
"I grant, you were at Athens graced,
THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB.
THE Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail;
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
THE BUNDLE OF STICKS.
A GOOD Old Man, no matter where,
It cannot much concern the tale;
His luck was what his neighbours had,
He called his children round his bed, And with a feeble voice he said: "Alas, alas, my children dear, "I well perceive my end is near; "I suffer much, but kiss the rod, "And bow me to the will of God. "Yet ere from you I'm quite removed, "From you whom I have always loved; "I wish to give you all my blessing, "And leave you with a useful lesson; "That when I've left this world of care, "Each may his testimony bear, "How much my latest thoughts inclined, "To prove me tender, good, and kind! "Observe that faggot on the ground, "With twisted hazel firmly bound." The children turned their eyes that way, And viewed the faggot as it lay; But wondered what their father meant ; Who thus expounded his intent :"I wish that all of you would take it, "And try if any one can break it." Obedient to the good old man, They all to try their strength began : Now boy, now girl, now he, now she, Applied the faggot to their knee;
They tugged and strained, and tried again,
Again the good old man proceeded, To give the instruction which they needed : "Untwist," says he, "the hazel bind, "And let the faggot be disjoined." Then stick by stick, and twig by twig, The little children and the big,
Following the words their father spoke, Each sprig and spray they quickly broke:
"There, father!" all began to cry,
Replied the sire : ""Twas my intent
My family to represent!
"While you are joined in friendship's throng, My dearest children, you'll be strong! "But if by quarrel and dispute,
"You undermine affection's root, "And thus the strengthening cord divide, "Then will my children ill betide: "E'en beasts of prey in bands unite, "And kindly for each other fight; "And shall not Christian children be "Joined in sweet links of amity? "If separate, you'll each be weak; "Each, like a single stick, will break; "But if you're firm, and true, and hearty, "The world, and all its spite, can't part ye." The father, having closed his lesson, Proceeded to pronounce his blessing: Embraced them all, then prayed and sighed, Looked up, and dropped his head—and died!
And thus, my countrymen, should you,
WIDE Over the tremulous sea,
The moon spread her mantle of light, And the gale, gently dying away, Breathed soft on the bosom of night. Ꭰ ?