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The Minstrel.

BEATTIE

R. GIFFORD

I. BICKERSTAFF.

SHAKESPEARE.

LABOR.

WORK AND SONG. From labor health, from health contentment Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound, springs.

She feels no biting pang the while she sings;
Nor, as she turns the giddy wheel around,

Revolves the sad vicissitudes of things.
Like a lackey, from the rise to set,

Contemplation.
Sweats in the eye of Phæbus, and all night
Sleeps in Elysium ; next day after dawn

There was a jolly miller once,
Doth rise and help Hyperion to his horse,

Lived on the river Dee; And follows so the ever-running year

He worked and sung from morn till night, With profitable labor to his grave.

No lark more blithe than he.
And, but for ceremony, such a wretch

Love in a Village. Act i. Sc. 2.
Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
Hath the forehand and vantage of a king.

Feels, and owns in carols rude
King Henry V., Ad iv. Sc. 1.

That all the circling joys are his

Of dear Vicissitude. Cheered with the view, man went to till the From toil he wins his spirits light, ground

From busy day the peaceful night ;
From whence he rose ; sentenced indeed to toil, Rich, from the very want of wealth,
As to a punishment, yet (even in wrath, In heaven's best treasures, peace and health.
So merciful is heaven) this toil became

Ode on the Pleasure arising from Vicissitude.
The solace of his woes, the sweet employ
Of many a livelong hour, and surest guard
Against disease and death.

PRUDENCE.

And for my means, I 'll husband them so well MACDUFF. I know this is a joyful trouble to They shall go far with little. you,

Hamlet, Act iv. Sc. 5.
But yet, 't ’is one.
Macbeth. The laborwe delight in physics pain. Borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

Hamlet, Ad i. Sc. 3.
Macbeth, Act ii. Sc. 3.

T. GRAY

Death.

B. PORTEUS.

SHAKESPEARE.

SHAKESPEARE.

SHAKESPEARE.

OVERWORK.

NOBILITY OF LABOR. Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore When Adam dolve, and Eve span, task

Who was then the gentleman ? * Does not divide the Sunday from the week ?

J. BALL What might be toward, that this sweaty haste Doth make the night joint-laborer with the day?

• "Lines used by John Ball, to encourage

Was

Tyler's Rebellion. Hume's History of England, Vol. i. Ch. 17. Hamlet, Act i. Sc. I.

Note 8," says BARTLETT.

SHAKESPEARE.

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you see by the dawn's early light
that so proudly we haild at the twilight's last gleami
whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the clouds of the fight,
Oor the same parts we watched were to gallently sheanings ?

and the rocket's red glare the bomb bursting

Gane proof through the night that our flag was still there?
Sag, dass that star-spangled banner get
Oles the land of the free the home of the
& brave?

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POEMS OF PATRIOTISM

AND FREEDOM

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