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bond. St. Foix. Francoise <le Cczeley. Dame de Barry. La Galerie, p. 298.

The American Indians' death-song.

The Peruvian's dirge over the body of his father, stolen from the Spaniards' cemetery.

Halcyone, a Monodrama.

The oak of the forest.1 Its trunk was strong, and the swine fed under its boughs; but the ivy clung round it, and as the oak decayed, the woodman, instead of lopping away the parasite plant, hewed off its broad boughs.

Mythological sketches. Greenland. Lapland. Japan. N. American. Celtic. The last little known, the rest new to poetry.

Also characteristic poems of their manners.

A Lady stayed to dress herself, instead of going to church in time. Mass was half over as she came to the church door, and a troop of little devils were dancing on her long train.

St. James of Nisibis was abused by some young girls washing at a fountain. He made them all old and ugly.

Inscription for the prison-room of Savage.

The glow-worm. Shines in the dark,— like certain men of letters. "With love, the light of love." Exposed to danger, &c.

King William's Cove. Torbay. Where he landed. The precedent.

The ebb tide' more rapid than the flood, —so with human happiness and human virtue.

• See " The Oak of our Fathers," Poems, p. 123.

• See Poems, p. 230. J. W. W.

Inscbiption. Taunton and Judge Jefferies.3

Foe the market-place at Rouen.

Fob Old Sarum.4 Addressed to a foreigner. What must be the privileges of English subjects, when the old pauper there sends two Members to Parliament!

For St. Domingo and Mr. Pitt.

To a book-worm, that had eat my Sidney's Arcadia. Why not go to such and such books.

The weathercock. Could I copy thee, I also might ornament the church.

For where Jane Shore died.

Eclogue. Describing the new clergyman of a village, as contrasted with his predecessor.

Ballad. The single combat between the dog and the murderer of his master.

The pig.5 Not ugly. His eyes, pignsnies, that see the wind. His ears. His tail curled like hop-tendrils, or a lady's hair. Aptitude of parts. Pig a philosopher, and without prejudices. What is dirt? Berkleian hypothesis sublimely introduced. Pig a democrat, and right obstinate. Pig an aristocrat, seeking to profit himself dirtily. Man not so wise in life, not so useful in death. Pig the victim of society. Wild boar. Pig unfortunate. The sow-gelder's horn. Tythe pig, learned pig, brawn pig, pig's chitterlins, black puddings. Smell of the beanflowers. Bacon. Pig's ringed nose, earrings, but the pig does not conceive his to be an ornament. Pig's yoke, his cravatt,

3 See Inscription," For a Monument at Taunton," p. 172.

1 See Espbiella's Letters, vol. i. p. 55, third edit.

4 See " The Pig, a colloquial Poem," p. 162.

J. W. W.

pillory, or necklace. Pig's pettytoes. Pigs stink, there is no stink. Offer the pig thy smelling-bottle. Moses the pig's friend. His face,—see it rouged with saltpetre, and dressed.

Music,—my own feelings. The harp, the organ. Military music, its damned abuse. The female voice. Stage singing, how loathsome.

I Would not live over my youth again.1 Its pains are real, its pleasures unsatisfactory. Fear and uncertainty damp all its hopes.

A Little while, and I shall be at home. If I had lost thee, so wearily should I endure life as now this absence.

The old woman's snuff-box, the most innocent sensuality, and the last, perhaps too the greatest advantage as yet of Columbus's discovery. The fine lady's snuff; the fine gentleman's; the doctor's; the schoolmaster's; but the old woman reconciles me to it. Snuff the only way of satisfying the smell-sense.2

A Woman-servant of Mrs. Lockyers, about eight years ago, delivered herself of a dead child,—it was supposed and admitted on her trial,—whose body she was discovered burning at night. This will balladize. A madwoman in the snow.

The bee, a fool, because he does not want the honey, and because he will be plundered of it.*

A Wasp trying to fly through the window.

To a troublesome tooth.

Ringing a pig's nose. The pork must give up some of his natural rights to enjoy

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the protection of society. Piggy grunt not ungratefully. Remember your stye, your grains, your wash. Besides, you are so useful I

Flseli's pictures.

Mahy Hayes's Female Biography.

The barber. What would be the fine gentleman and fine lady without him? the counsellor, the schoolmaster, the judge? In company the judge's assertions would be confuted, but with the wig on! Without his wig he is Jove without his thunder. Venus uncestused, Phoebus unbeamed. Importance of the barber in society.

Indolence, I want not thee, but thy sister Leisure.

A Posm upon the necessity of writing a poem. Like Mendoca's sonnet, done in writing upon it, but to conclude with the point that so life passes in resolving how to

live.

It was my faith that the spirits of good men beheld the earth, and received their fame with delight, deriving happiness from the welfare of their friends, posterity, and country. Hampden and Sidney! may I still believe this,—or would not the sight of England inflict a pang to the beatified patriot? Hampden and Sidney! it is so; ye behold the patriot's effort, ye look to his triumph, and the regeneration of your native land.

To a dancing bear.4 The slave trade arguments. The animal is happier than if wild. He would have been killed if he had not been taught to dance. As an inferior animal, it is right to make him contribute to our use. Everything was made for man; now what can the bear be made for, except to dance, and for his pomatum? Baiting. Not the owner's interest to injure him; ergo, he is not baited.

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A Toad. A coxcomb fool-faced jack-anapes calling him ugly and useless!

Ode to Recovery.1

Inscription. Bangor. The massacre.

Hope,—a mixed being,—a sort of demidevil, sporting with the ignis-fatuus, buoying the wrecked sailor to prolong his pain. The tormentor of Tantalus.

The Spaniard who killed Fiso. Ballad.

Aracc An song during the thunder-storm.2

Bibtb of Sommona. Codom. A Japanese hymn.

The yew tree cut into a peacock.

Sonnet. Summer wet. Autumn richer, so the difficulties of manhood ameliorate maturity.

The seagull. As he rises on the waves, so should man ride unruffled on the storm of fortune.

To a volunteer who conceives himself the Buonaparte of the corporation. Half comic till the close,—that in death his folly will be preferable to their guilt.

Aberffhaw. Inscription.

Inscription. Evesham. Montford.

Camma. Narrative.

To the memory of Camoens.

Thb sugar maple.

Ode. Rodrigo in the enchanted tower. A Traveller reduced to find amusement

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in his own resources, compared to a bear in winter sucking his paws.

Field of corn in a wet season. Descriptive sonnet,—and the point, alas! how small will be the sixpenny loaf I

The lyrical manner elucidated in an ode upon a Gooseberry Pie.3 Growth of the wheat, and its processes. Whence the water come. The sugar and slave trade. The fruit. And didst thou scratch thy tender arms, &c. O gatherer?

A Ballad of the devil walking abroad to look at his stock on earth,—counting the young of the viper, —seeing a navy,—a review,—going to church,—and at last, hearing the division in the House of Commons.4

A cow chewing the cud. Reflection in solitude.

Amatory sonnets, by Abel Shufflebottom.3 A query whether he has not a double identity, because he sees his Delia though she is far away.

Dirge of the American widow by the mourning war-pole.4

Eclogue. The long road-elms on the common near Wellington cut down. They were the only shelter. A man, who was carrying his child, and his wife sat on the trunk of one, and the boughs rose over them, and gave the last shadow of the yet unwithered leaves.

Mr forefathers. A deeply interesting poem of domestic feelings might be made under this title.

Song of the Old Chikkasah to his grandson, by the mourning war-pole of his son."

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I wouu> I were that reverend gentleman, with gold-laced hat and golden-headed cane, that hangs in Delia's parlour. For Delia sits opposite him, and his eyes are always fixed on her unblamed.1

Sonnet. A pigeon. It is pleasant to sec his pouting breast, and the rainbow gloss of his neck, and his red feet, and his tumbling in the air; but pleasanter to see his feet sticking up through a pie-crust.

Sonnet. The rainbow. Did not that bow of the covenant confirm us that the world should no more be destroyed by water? England! thy navy would not be permitted to exist, for a three-decker might defy the deluge.

Draw not the picture of Delia! thou wilt make me detest thee as a blasphemer, and thou wilt tempt all the world beside to idolatry.1

Delia playing cup and ball,—methought myheartwas the ball, and the point on which she caught it, Cupid's arrow.2

Inscription. Kenwith Castle.

Images.

Green of the copse-covered hill, broken like the waters of a still lake.

Eventng. A flight of small birds only visible by the glitter of their wings.

In the evening the harshest sounds are harmonised by distance. The very bark of a far-off dog is musical.

August 25. It is the plane that hangs down its globular seeds.

The swan in swimming arches back his 1 Poem, p. 114. » Ibid. p. 134.

J. w. w.

serpent neck, and reclines his head between his wings. His wings are a little opened, as sail-like to catch the wind; his breast protruded like a prow. This bird is beautiful from its colour and habits; for it is clumsy in shape, and of most foul physiognomy; there is such a tnakuhnets in its eye and head, as well as neck. "The swan arch'd back his snakey neck,

And his proud head reclin'd Between his wings, now half unclos'd

Like sails to catch the wind.
The waters yielded to his breast,

Protruded like a prow,
And still they roar'd as strong he oar'd

With sable feet below."—For Rudiger?

The leaves of the holly are prickly only when they are within reach of cattle; higher up they preserve their waviness, but are smooth, more tapering, as having lost their angular points, and ending in a point. Some of the mid-height leaves, with the taper shape of the upper ones, retain three, two, or one point. The leaf is very beautiful, the middle fibre beautifully varying by its lighter hue from the dark glossy green. The lower side is pale-greyish, and shows the thickness of the leaf.4

Be.u Tifi r, appearance of an ash when the moon shines through it, particularly its edge.

The moon seems to roll through the rifted clouds.

The insect that makes a six spotted shade is not a spider. It has four long legs, and two short ones in front. It seems to use the long legs like oars.

Oct. 2. The ivy now begins to blossom, the flower appears globular. What is afterwards the berry, is now of an olive colour,

3 See Ballad, p. 420. The reader will observe that these stanzas were not used, p. 420. 'Poems, p. 129. J. W. W.

and pointed in the middle. The calix of each is a greyer green, the anthers a greyish yellow. The smell of a bush is very pleasant; but closely observed, it has an oily scent, not disagreeable, and yet powerful enough to half offend. The bees swarm over these blossoms, probably because the only ones at this time of year.

Morning. Mist shower from the elms, and thick-leaved trees.

Whiteness of the rocks occasioned by the lichens.

The grass grey with dew.

Oct. 10. Rich appearance of the fern in the wood.

The acorns brown ripe, orripeningyellow.

Or the various trees, I observe only the ash uniform in its fading colour, pale yellowing green. Its leaves rise very beautifully, light as a lady's plumes.

A Path so little frequented, that the leaves lay on it untrodden, light as they had fallen.

The horse-chesnut rich in autumn.

In the forest of Dean, I saw no trees more richly varied than the beech, standing singly, and with room to spread.

The leaves of the reed spread out straight on the wind, like ship streamers.

The darker and the more tempestuous the night, the more luminous the sea to leeward of the vessel.

A Vessel when first seen at sea, appears to be ascending.

Odd appearanceof the cobwebs in a frosty morning.

In a hoar morning the cattle track their feeding path by their breath thawing the frost.

A Clouded morning after snow. The line of hill scarcely to be distinguished from the sky by being lighter.

Rime on the trees.

Sparkling of the snow.

White frost on the stone wall, but none on the moss in its interstices, as though the force of vegetable life repelled it.

Move where you will at sea, the long line of moonlight still meets your eye.

When the wind follows the sun, it omens fair weather, and vice versa.

April 25. The petals of the pilewort grow white when overblown. The first buds of the ash are black, they then redden, and appear not unlike the valerian flower, a cluster of red seeds.

The horse-chesnut buds covered with gum, and woolly within.

The cry of the bat comes so short and quick, as to be felt in the car like a tremulous touch.

At evening the reflection of the bridge on the water was strong as reality, and blended with the bridge into one pile.

I Saw a stream that had made its way through the foot of an old tree, which thus formed a strange bridge,—an arch above it.

One of the most beautiful images I ever noticed was the reflection of a mast on the river at evening. Its yellow colours were vivid as life,—it waved like a coiling serpent, and the huge tail seemed to roll up as the monster were menacing.

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