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My fugitive years are all hasting away,
And I must ere long lie as lowly as they,
With a turf on my breast, and a stone at my head,
Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.

'Tis a sight to engage me, if any thing can,
To muse on the perishing pleasures of man;
Though his life be a dream, his enjoyments, I seer
Have a being less durable even than he*,

IDEM LATINE REDDITUM.

POPULEA cecidit gratissima copia silvæ,
Conticuêre susurri, omnisque evanuit umbră.
Nulla jain levibus se miscent frondibus auræ;
Et nulla in fluvio ramorum ludit imago.

Hei mihi! his setos dum luctû torqueor annos
His cogor silvis suetoque carere recessû,
Cum serò rediens; stratasque in gramine cernens
Insedi arboribus; sub quels errare solebam.

* Mr. Cowper afterwards altered this last stanza in the following manner:

The change both my heart and my faney employs,
I reflect on the frailty of man, and his joys;
Short-lived as we are, yet our pleasures, we see,
Have a still shorter date; and dic sooner than we.

Ab ubi nunc merulæ cantus i Felicior illum
Silva tegit, duræ nondum permissa bipenni;
Scilicet exustos colles camposque patentes
Odit, et indignans et non rediturus abivit.

Sed qui succisas doleo succidar et ipse,
Et priús huic parilis quàm creverit altera silva
Flebor, et, exequiis parvis donatus, habebo
Defixum lapidem tumulique cubantis acervum.

Tam subitò periisse videns tam digna manere,
Agnosco humanas sortes et tristia fata-
Sit licèt ipse brevis, volucrique simillimus umbre,
Est homini brevior citiùsque obitura voluptas.

VOTUM.

O MATUTINI rores, auræque salubres,
O nemora, et lætæ rivis felicibus herbæ,
Graminei colles, et amænæ in vallibus umbræ!
Fata modò dederint quas olim in rure paterno
Delicias, procul arte, procul formidine novi,
Quam vellem ignotus, quod mens mea semper

avebat,
Ante larem proprium placidam expectare senectam,
Tum demùm, exactis non infeliciter annis,
Sortiri tacitum lapidem aut sub cespite condi!

CICIN DEL A.

BY VINCENT BOURNE.

SUB sepe exiguum est, nec rarò in margine ripæ,

Reptile, quod lucet nocte, dieque latet,
Vermis habet speciem, sed habet de lumine Nomen;

At priscâ à famâ non liquet, unde micet.
Plerique à caudâ credunt procedere lumen;

Nec desunt, credunt qui rutilare caput.
Nam superas stellas quæ nox accendit, et illi

Parcam eadem Lucem dat, moduloque parem.
Forsitan hoc prudens voluit Natura cayeri,

Ne pede quis duro reptile contereret :
Exiguam, in tenebris ne gressum offenderet ullus,

Prætendi voluit forsitan Illa facem
Sive usum hunc Natura parens seu maluit illum

Haud frustra accensa est Lux, radiique dati.
Ponite vos fastus, humiles nec spernite, magni;

Quando habet et minimum reptile, quod niteat,

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1. THE GLOW-WORM.

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TRANSLATION OF THE ABOVE.

I.
Beneath the hedge, or near the stream,

A worm is kriown to stray;
That shows by night a lucid beam,
Which disappears by day:

II.
Disputes have been, and still prevail,

From whence his rays proceed;
Some give that honour to his tail,
And others to bis head.

INI.
But this is sure the hand of might;

That kindles up the skies,
Gives him a modicum of light
Proportioned to his size.

IV.
Perhaps indulgent nature meant,

By such a lamp bestowed,
To bid the traveller, as lie went,

Be careful where he trod :

V.

Nor crush a worin, whose useful light

Might serve, however small,
To shew a stumbling stone by night,

And save him from a fall.

VI.
Whate'er she meant, this truth divine

"Is legible and plain,
'Tis power almighty bids him shine,
Nor bids him shine in vain.

VII.
Ye proud and wealthy, let this theme

Teach humbler thoughts to you,
Since such a reptile has its gem,

And boasts its splendoar too.

CORNICULA

BY VINCENT BOURNE.

Nigras inter aves avis est, quæ plurima turres,

Antiquas ædes, celsaque Fana colit. Nil tam sublime est, quod non audace volatu,

Aeriis spernens inferiora, petit. Quo nemo ascendat, cui non vertigo cerebrum

Corripiat, certè hunc seligit illa locum. Quo vix à terrâ tu suspicis absque tremore,

Illa metus expers incolumisque sedet. Lamina delubri supra fastigia, ventus Quà cæli spiret de regione, docet;

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