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A Christmas Tale, told by a School-boy to his little Brothers

and Sistcrs.

Underneath a huge oak tree
There was, of swine, a huge company,
That grunted as they crunch'd the mast:
For that was ripe, and fell full fast.
Then they trotted away, for the wind grew high :
One acorn they left, and no more might you spy.
Next came a raven, that liked not such folly:
He belonged, it was said, to the witch Melancholy!
Blacker was he than blackest jet,
Flew low in the rain, and his feathers not wet.
He pick'd up the acorn and buried it strait
By the side of a river both deep and great.

Where then did the raven go?

He went high and low,
Over hill, over dale, did the black raven go.

Many autumns, many springs
Travella he* with wandering wings.
Many summers, many winters—
I can't tell half his adventures.

At length he came back, and with him a she,

And the acorn was grown

a tall oak tree.

They built them a nest in the topmost bough,
And young ones they had, and were happy enow.
But soon came a woodman, in leathern guise,
His brow, like a pent-house, hung over his eyes.
He'd an ax in his hand, not a'word he spoke,
But with many a hem! and a sturdy stroke,

At length be brought down the poor raven's own oak. His young ones were kill’d: for they could not depart, And their mother did die of a broken heart.

The boughs from the trunk the woodman did severAnd they floated it down on the course of tne river.

Seventeen or eighteen years ago, an artist of some celebrity was so pleased with this doggerel, that he amused himself with the thought of making a Child's Picture Book of it; but he could not hit on a picture for these four lines. I suggested a round-about with four seats, and the four seasons, as children, with Time for the shew-man.

They saw'd it in planks, and its bark they did strip,
And with this tree and others they made a good ship.
The ship, it was launch’d; but in sight of the land
Such a storm there did rise as no ship could withstand.
It bulg'd on a rock, and the waves rush'd in fast:
The old raven flew round and round, and caw'd to the


He heard the last shriek of the perishing souls
See! see! o'er the topmast the mad water rolls !

Right glad was the raven, and off he went fleet,
And Death riding home on a cloud he did meet,
And he thank'd him again and again for this treat:

They had taken his all, and revenge was sweet!
We must not think so; but forget and forgive,
And what Heaven gives life to, we'll still let it live?


Altered and modernized from an old Poet.

I love, and he loves me again,

Yet dare I not tell who :
For if the nymphs should know my swain,
I fear they'd love him too.

Yet while my joy's unknown,

Its rosy buds are but half-blown: What no one with me shares, seems scarce my own.

I'll tell, that if they be not glad,

They yet may envy me:
But then if I grow jealous mad,
And of them pitied be,

"Twould vex me worse than scorn!

And yet it cannot be forborn, Unless my heart would like my thoughts be torn. He is, if they can find him, fair

And fresh, and fragrant too; As after rain the summer air, And looks as lillies do,

That are this morning blown!

Yet, yet I doubt, he is not known, Yet, yet I fear to have him fully shewn.

But he hath eyes so large, and bright,

Which none can see, and doubt
That Love might thence his torches light
Tho' Hate had put them out!

But then to raise my fears,

His voice- -what maid so ever hears Will be my rival, tho’ she have but ears.

I'll tell no more! yet I love him,

And he loves me; yet so,
That never one low wish did dim
Our love's pure light, I know-

In each so free from blame,

That both of us would gain new fame, If love's strong fears would let me tell his name !

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