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She thus maintains divided sway
Supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk, during his
solitary abode in the island of Juan Fernandez.
I am lord of the fowl and the brute.
That sages have seen in thy face?
Than reign in this horrible place.
I am out of humanity's reach,
I must finish my journey alone,
I start at the sound of my own.
My form with indifference see;
Their tameness is shocking to me.
Society, friendship, and love,
Divinely bestow'd upon man,
How soon would I taste you again!
In the ways of religion and truth,
And be cheer'd by the sallies of youth.
Religion ! what treasure untold
Resides in that heavenly word !
Or all that this earth can afford.
These valleys and rocks never heard,
Or smiled when a sabbath appear’d.
Ye winds, that have made me your sport,
Convey to this desolate shore
Of a land I shall visit no more.
A wish or a thought after me?
have a friend,
How fleet is the glance of the mind !
Compared with the speed of its flight, The tempest itself lags behind,
And the swift-winged arrows of light.
ON THE BIOGRAPHIA BRITANNICA.
When I think of my own native land,
In a moment I seem to be there;
Soon hurries me back to despair.
But the sea-fowl is gone to her nest,
The beast is laid down in his lair ;
And I to my cabin repair.
And mercy, encouraging thought !
And reconciles man to his lot.
OBSERVING SOME NAMES OF LITTLE NOTE
RECORDED IN THE BIOGRAPHIA BRITANNICA
Oh, fond attempt to give a deathless lot
So when a child, as playful children use, Has burnt to tinder a stale last year's news, The flame extinct, he views the roving fireThere goes my lady, and there goes the squire, There goes the parson, oh illustrious spark ! And there, scarce less illustrious, goes the clerk!
REPORT OF AN ADJUDGED CASE,
NOT TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKS,
BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong; The point in dispute was, as all the world knows,
To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
So Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of
learning; While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws,
So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear,
find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,
Which amounts to possession time out of mind.
Then holding the spectacles up to the court-
Design'd to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
Again, would your lordship a moment suppose ('Tis a case that has happen'd, and may be
again) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose, Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles
On the whole it
my argument shows, With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the
Nose, And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.
Then shifting his side, (as a lawyer knows how,)
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes : But what were his arguments few people know, For the court did not think they were equally
So his lordship decreed with a grave solemn tone,
Decisive and clear, without one if or but — That, whenever the Nose put his spectacles on, By daylight or candlelight_Eyes should be