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THE COUNTRY PARSON.
Thus like thy flow appears Time's tardy course to manhood's envied stage ; Alas, how hurryingly the ebbing years
They hasten to old age !
THE COUNTRY PARSON. NEAR yonder copse, where once the garden smil'd, And still where many a garden-flower grows wild, There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose, The village preacher's modest mansion rose : A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich with forty pounds a year ; Remote from towns he ran his godly race, Nor e'er had chang’d, nor wished to change, his
place: Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for power, By doctrines fashion’d to the varying hour ; Far other aims his heart had learn’d to prize, More bent to raise the wretched than to rise. His house was known to all the vagrant train ; He chid their wand'rings, but reliev'd their pain. The long-remember'd beggar was his guest, Whose beard descending swept his aged breast; The ruin'd spendthrift, now no longer proud, Claim'd kindred there, and had his claims allow'd ; The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay, Sat by his fire, and talk'd the night away,
THE COUNTRY PARSON. Wept o'er his wounds, or, tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and shew'd how fields were
won. Pleas’d with his guests, the good man learn’d to
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
Beside the bed where parting life was laid, And sorrow, guilt, and pain by turns dismay'd, The rev’rend champion stood. At his control, Despair and anguish fled the struggling soul ; Comfort came down, the trembling wretch to raise, And his last falt'ring accents whisper'd praise.
At church, with meek and unaffected grace, His looks adorn’d the venerable place ; Truth from his lips prevail'd with double sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remain’d to pray. The service past, around the pious man, With ready zeal, each honest rustic ran ; E’en children follow'd, with endearing wile, And pluck'd his gown, to share the good man's smile.
BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE.
His ready smile a parent's warmth express'd, Their welfare pleas’d him, and their cares dis
tress'd; To them his heart, his love, his griefs were given, But all his serious thoughts had rest in heaven. As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the
storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are
spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE. Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
As his corse to the rampart we hurried; Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O’er the grave where our hero we buried.
The sod with our bayonets turning,
And our lantern dimly burning.
Not in sheet nor in shroud we wound him; But he lay like a warrior taking his rest,
With his martial cloak around him. Few and short were the prayers we said,
And we spoke not a word of sorrow;
WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR IN HIS LIBRARY. 43 But we stedfastly gazed on the face of the dead,
And we bitterly thought of the morrow. We thought, as we hollow'd his narrow bed,
And smooth'd down his lowly pillow, That the foe and the stranger would tread o'er
And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him ;
In the grave where a Briton has laid him.
When the clock struck the hour for retiring : And we heard the distant and random gun
Of the enemy suddenly firing. Slowly and sadly we laid him down
From the field of his fame fresh and gory; We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
But we left him alone with his glory.
WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR IN HIS LIBRARY.
My days among the Dead are past ;
Around me I behold,
The mighty minds of old :
My never-failing friends are they,
With whom I commune day by day.
And seek relief in woe;
How much to them I owe,
I live in long-past years,
Partake their hopes and fears ;
My place with them will be ;
Through all futurity;