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JOHN WEBSTER. 87. Song from " The White Devil."

CALL for the robin-red-breast and the wren,

Since o'er shady groves they hover,

And with leaves and flowers do cover

The friendless bodies of unburied men.

Call unto his funeral dole

The ant, the field-mouse, and the mole,

To rear him hillocks that shall keep him warm,

And (when gay tombs are robb'd) sustain no harm:

But keep the wolf far thence, that's foe to men,

For with his nails he'll dig them up again.

Dyce's Text.


MY heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky : So was it when my life began ; So is it now I am a man ; So be it when I shall grow old,

Or let me die !

The Child is father of the Man ; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.

89. To the Cuckoo.

BLITHE New-comer! I have heard,

1 hear thee and rejoice.

O Cuckoo ! shall I call thee Bird, Or but a wandering Voice ?

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