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Are there buds on our willow-tree?

Buds and birds on our trysting-tree? Sing, sweet thrushes, forth and sing !

Have you met the honey-bee, Circling upon rapid wing,

Round the angler's trysting-tree? Up, sweet thrushes, up and see ! Are there bees at our willow-tree ? Birds and bees at the trysting-tree ?

Where, in a brook,
With a hook,
Or a lake,
Fish we take ;
There we sit,

For a bit,
Till we fish entangle.

Sing, sweet thrushes, forth and sing !

Are the fountains gushing free ?
Is the south-wind wandering

Through the angler's trysting-tree ?
Up, sweet thrushes, tell to me!
Is there wind up our willow-tree ?

Wind or calm at our trysting-tree ?
Sing, sweet thrushes, forth and sing !

Wile us with a merry glee;
To the flowery haunts of spring,

To the angler's trysting-tree.
Tell, sweet thrushes, tell to me!
Are there flowers 'neath our willow-tree?
Spring and flowers at the trysting-tree?

We have gentles in a horn,

We have paste and worms too ; We can watch both night and morn, Suffer rain and storms too;

None do here
Use to swear :
Oaths do fray
Fish away ;
We sit still,

Watch our quill :
Fishers must not wrangle.

THOMAS TOD STODDART.

If the sun's excessive heat

Make our bodies swelter, To an osier hedge we get, For a friendly shelter ;

Where, in a dike,
Perch or pike,
Roach or dace,
We do chase,
Bleak or gudgeon,

Without grudging ;
We are still contented.

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Or we sometimes pass an hour

Under a green willow,
That defends us from a shower,
Making earth our pillow;

Where we may
Think and pray,
Before death
Stops our breath ;
Other joys

Are but toys,
And to be lamented.

JOHN CHALKHILL.

Lawful is;
For our skill

Breeds no ill,
But content and pleasure.
In a morning, up we rise,

Ere Aurora's peeping ;
Drink a cup to wash our eyes,
Leave the sluggard sleeping;

Then we go
To and fro,
With our knacks
At our backs,
To such streams

As the Thames,
If we have the leisure.

VERSES IN PRAISE OF ANGLING.

When we please to walk abroad

For our recreation,
In the fields is our abode,

Full of delectation,

QUIVERING fears, heart-tearing cares,
Anxious sighs, untimely tears,

Fly, fly to courts,

Fly to fond worldlings' sports,
Where strained sardonic smiles are glosing still,
And grief is forced to laugh against her will,

Where mirth's but mummery,
And sorrows only real be.

Fly from our country pastimes, fly,
Sad troops of human misery,

Come, serene looks,

Clear as the crystal brooks,
Or the pure azured heaven that smiles
The rich attendance on our poverty ;

Here are no entrapping baits
To hasten to, too hasty fates ;

Unless it be

The fond credulity
Of silly fish, which (worlding like) still look
Upon the bait, but never on the hook ;

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Peace and a secure mind,
Which all men seek, we only find.

Nor envy, 'less among
The birds, for price of their sweet song.

Abused mortals ! did you know

Go, let the diving negro seek
Where joy, heart's ease, and comforts grow, For gems, hid in some forlorn creek :
You 'd scorn proud towers

We all pearls scorn
And seek them in these bowers,

Save what the dewy morn Where winds, sometimes, our woods perhaps may Congeals upon each little spire of grass, shake,

Which careless shepherds beat down as they pass ; But blustering care could never tempest make; And gold ne'er here appears, Nor murmurs e'er come nigh us,

Save what the yellow Ceres bears. Saving of fountains that glide by us.

Blest silent groves, 0, may you be, Here's no fantastic mask nor dance,

Forever, mirth's best nursery !
But of our kids that frisk and prance ;

May pure contents
Nor wars are seen,

Forever pitch their tents
Unless upon the green

Upon these downs, these meads, these rocks, these Two harmless lambs are butting one the other,

mountains ! Which done, both bleating run, cach to his mother; And peace still slumber by these purling fountains And wounds are never found,

Which we may every year
Save what the ploughshare gives the Meet, when we come a-fishing here.

ground.

SIR HENRY WOTTOX

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Cool zephys crisp the sea;
Among the lecwed the wind-hap

Va serenade for thee.

Ted Morris

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DESCRIPTIVE POEMS.

NORHAM CASTLE.

[The ruinous castle of Norham (anciently called Ubbanford) is situated on the southern bank of the Tweed, about six miles above Berwick, and where that river is still the boundary between Eng. land and Scotland. The extent of its ruins, as well as its historical importance, shows it to have been a place of magnificence as well as strength. Edward I. resided there when he was created umpire of the dispute concerning the Scottish succession. It was repeatedly taken and retaken during the wars between England and Scotland, and, in leed, scarce any happened in which it had not a principal share. Norham Castle is situated on a steep bank. which overhangs the river. The ruins of the castle are at present considerable, as well as picturesque. They consist of a large shattered tower, with many vaults, and fragnients of other edifices, enclosed within an outward wall of great circuit.)

A horseman, darting from the crowd,
Like lightning from a summer cloud,
Spurs on his mettled courser proud

Before the dark array.
Beneath the sable palisade,
That closed the castle barricade,

His bugle-horn he blew ;
The warder hasted from the wall,
And warned the captain in the hall,

For well the blast he knew ; And joyfully that knight did call To sewer, equire, and seneschal.

Day set on Norham's castled steep,
And Tweeil's fair river, broad and deep,

And Cheviot's mountains lone :
The battled towers, the donjon keep,
The loop-hole grates where captives weep,
The flanking walls that round it sweep,

In yellow lustre shone.
The warriors on the turrets high,
Moving athwart the evening sky,

Seemed forms of giant height;
Their armor, as it caught the rays,
Flashed back again the western blaze,

In lines of dazzling light.

“Now broach ye a pipe of Malvoisie,

Bring pasties of the doe,
And quickly make the entrance free,
And bid my heralds ready be,
And every minstrel sound his glee,

And all our trumpets blow;
And, from the platform, spare ye not
To fire a noble salvo-shot :

Lord Marmion waits below." Then to the castle's lower ward

Sped forty yeomen tall, The iron-studded gates un barred, Raised the portcullis' ponderous guard, The lofty palisade unsparred,

And let the drawbridge fall.

St. George's banner, broad and gay,
Now faded, as the fading ray

Less bright, and less, was flung; The evening gale had scarce the power To wave it on the donjon tower,

So heavily it hung. The scouts had parted on their search,

The castle gates were barrel ; Above the gloomy portal arch, Timing his footsteps to a march,

The warder kept his giard ; Low humming, as he paced along, Some ancient Border gathering-song.

Along the bridge Lord Marmion rode,
Proudly his red-roan charger trode,
His helm hung at the saddle-bow ;
Well by his visage you might know
He was a stalworth knight, and keen,
And had in many a battle been.
The scar on his brown cheek revealed
A token true of Bosworth field ;
His eyebrow dark, and eye of fire,
Showed spirit proud, and prompt to ire.
Yet lines of thought upon his cheek
Did deep design and counsel speak.
His forehead, by his casqne worn bare,
His thick mustache, and curly hair,
Coal-black, and grizzled here and there,

But more through toil than age ;

A distant trampling sound he hears ; He looks abroad, and soon appears, O'er Horncliff hill, a plump of spears,

Beneath a pennon gay ;

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