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HOME AND SCHOOL. PART I.
THE BEGGAR MAN. -Miss Lamb.
Abject, stooping, old, and wan,
Then nought too good for him to wear.
LULLABY ON AN INFANT CHIEF.
See the boy advance in age,
LULLABY ON AN INFANT CHIEF. -- W. Scolt.
O, Hush thee, my baby, thy sire was a knight, Thy mother a lady, both lovely and bright; The woods and the glens, from the towers which we
see, They all are belonging, dear baby, to thee.
O, fear not the bugle, though loudly it blows, It calls but the warders that guard thy repose; Their bows would be bended, their blades would be
red, Ere the step of a foeman draws near to thy bed.
O, hush thee, my baby, the time will soon come When thy sleep shall be broken by trumpet and drum; Then hush thee, my darling, take rest while you may, For strife comes with manhood, and waking with day. THE REAPER'S CHILD.— Miss Lamb.
If you go to the field where the reapers now bind
Only three months of age, by the hedge-row you '11 find
While the mother is reaping, the infant is sleeping;
Not the basket that holds the provision is less, By the hard-working reaper, than this little sleeper,
Regarded, till hunger does on the babe press.
Then it opens its eyes, and it utters loud cries,
She comes at its calling, she quiets its squalling,
When you were as young as this field-nursed daugh-
FEIGNED COURAGE. - Miss Lamb.
Hoeatio, of ideal courage vain,
4 THE THIRSTY FLY.
Now I'll be Hector, when his angry blade A lane through heaps of slaughtered Grecians made And now, by deeds still braver, I '11 evince
1 am no less than Edward the Black Prince. Give way, ye coward French!" As thus he spoke, And aimed in fancy a sufficient stroke To fix the fate of Cressy or Poictiers, (The Muse relates the hero's fate with tears,) He struck his milk-white hand against a nail, Sees his own blood, and feels his courage fail. Ah! where is now that boasted valor flown, That in the tented field so late was shown?
Achilles weeps, great Hector hangs the head, And the Black Prince goes whimpering to bed.
THE THIRSTY FLY.
Busy, curious, thirsty fly,