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’T will be consigned to the next carrier's care, I cannot yield it all,-be half thy share.
Well does the gift thy liquorish palate suit;
I know who robbed the orchard of its fruit *.
When all were wrapt in sleep, one early morn,
While yet the dewdrop trembled on the thorn,
I scorn a telltale, or I could declare
How, leave unasked, you sought the neighbouring fair; Then home by moonlight spurred your jaded steed,
And scarce returned before the hour of bed.
* Non ego, te vidi, Damonis-
Think how thy trembling heart had felt affright, Had not our master supped abroad that night.
On the smooth whitewashed ceiling near thy bed, Mixed with thine own, is Anna's cypher read; From wreaths of dusky smoke the letters flow;Whose hand the waving candle held, I know. Fines and jobations shall thy soul appall, Whene'er our mistress spies the sullied wall.
Unconned her lesson once, in idle mood,
Trembling before the master, Anna stood;
Think not I blush to own so bright a flame, Even boys for her assume the lover's name ;-
As far as alleys beyond taws we prize*,
So far do Anna's charms all other charms exceed.
Tell, if thou canst, where is that creature bred,
Whose wide-stretched mouth is larger than its head :
Guess, and my great Apollo thou shalt bet,
Explain thou first, what portent late was seen,
Three heads, like Cerberus, the monster bore,
And one was sidelong fixed, and two before ;
* Lenta salix quantum pallenti cedit olivæ.
Eight legs, depending from his ample sides,
Four swiftly move, and four not touch the ground.
Cease! cease your carols, both ! for lo the bell,
WHAT DO THE FUTURES SPEAK OF?
IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION IN THE GREEK
They speak of never-withering shades,
And bowers of opening joy;
And bliss without alloy.
They whisper strange enchanting things
Within Hope's greedy ears ;
The music of the spheres.