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Cauld blew the bitter-biting north,
Upon thy early, humble birth;
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth,

Amid the storm,
Scarce reared above the parent earth

Thy tender form.

The flaunting flowers our gardens yield,
High sheltering woods and wa's maun shield ;
But thou beneath the random-bield,

O'clod or stane :
Adorns the histie stibble field,

Unseen, alane.

There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawie bosom sun-ward spread;
Thou liftst thy unassuming head

In humble guise ;
But now the share uptears thy bed,

And low thou lies.

Such is the fate of artless maid,
Sweet floweret of the rural shade!
By love's simplicity betrayed,

And guileless trust;
Till she, like thee, all soiled, is laid

Such is the fate of simple bard,
On life's rough ocean luckless starred :

Of prudent lore,
Till billows rage, and gales blow hard,

And whelm him o'er.

Such fate to suffering worth is given,
Who long with wants and woes has striven ;
By human pride or cunning driven,

To misery's brink !
Till wrenched of every stay but heaven,

He, ruined, sink !

Even thou who mourn'st the daisy's fate,
That fate is thine-no distant date;
Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives, elate,

Full on thy bloom;

Shall be thy doom.


The gloomy night is gathering fast,
Loud roars the wild inconstant blast,
Yon murky cloud is foul with rain,
I see it driving o'er the plain ;
The hunter now has left the moor,
The scatter'd coveys meet secure,
While here I wander, prest with care,
Along the lonely banks of Ayr.

Across her placid, azure sky,
She sees the scowling tempest fly:
Chill runs my blood to hear it rave,
I think upon the stormy wave,
Where many a danger I must dare,
Far from the bonnie banks of Ayr.

"Tis not the surging billow's roar, 'Tis not that fatal deadly shore; Though death in every shape appear, The wretched have no more to fear: But round my heart the ties are bound,

These bleed afresh, those ties I tear,
To leave the bonnie banks of Ayr.

Farewell! Old Coila's hills and dales, Her healthy moors and winding vales; The scenes where wretched fancy roves, Pursuing past, unhappy loves ! Farewell, my friends! Farewell, my foes My peace with these, my love with thoseThe bursting tears my heart declare ; Farewell, the bonnie banks of Ayr

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The path to bliss abounds with many a snare ; Learning is one, and wit, however rare. The Frenchman, first in literary fame, (Mention him if you please. Voltaire ?—The same.) With spirit, genius, eloquence, supplied, Lived long, wrote much, laughed heartily, and died. The Scripture was his jest-book, whence he drew Bon-mots to gall the Christian and the Jew; An infidel in health, but what when sick ? 0—then a text would touch him at the quick : View him at Paris in his last career, Surrounding throngs the demi-god revere ; Exalted on his pedestal of pride, And fumed with frankincense on every side, He begs their flattery with his latest breath, And smothered in't at last, is praised to death.

Yon cottager, who wcaves at her own door, Pillow and bobbins all her little store ;

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