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Introduction-Ringing of bells in a neighbouring Village
on the Birth of an Heir-General Reflections on Human Life-The Subject proposed-Childhood-Youth
- Manhood-Love- Marriage - Domestic Happiness and Affliction— War - Peace-Civil Dissension-Retirement from active Life-Old Age and its Enjoyments-Conclusion.
The lark has sung his carol in the sky;
A few short years—and then these sounds shall hail
And soon again shall music swell the breeze;
And once, alas, nor in a distant hour,
And such is Human Life; so gliding on,
Yet is the tale, brief though it be, as strange,
Born in a trance, we wake, observe, inquire;
grow in stature, and in wisdom too!
Yet, all forgot, how oft the eye-lids close, And from the slack hand drops the gathered rose ! How oft, as dead, on the warm turf we lie, While many an emmet comes with curious
eye; And on her nest the watchful wren sits by ! Nor do we speak or move, or hear or see; So like what once we were, and once again shall be !
And say, how soon, where, blithe as innocent, The boy at sun-rise carolled as he went, An aged pilgrim on his staff shall lean, Tracing in vain the footsteps o'er the green; The man himself how altered, not the scene! Now journeying home with nothing but the name; Way-worn and spent, another and the same !