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Belyve the elder bairns come drappin in,
At service out, amang the farmers roun';
A cannie errand to a neebour town;
In youthfu' bloom, love sparkling in her e'e,
Or deposite her sair-won penny-fee,
An' each for other's weelfare kindly spiers ;
Each tells the uncoso that he sees or hears ; The parents, partial, eye their hopeful years ;
Anticipation forward points the view. The mother, wi' her needle an' her sheers,
Garsd auld claese look amaist as weel's the new;
Their younkers a’ are warned to obey;
An' ne'er, tho' out o' sight, to jauk or play ;
An' mind your duty, duly, morn an' night! Lest in temptation's path ye gang astray,
Implore his counsel and assisting might: They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright!
The cheerfu' supper done, wi' serious face,
They, round the ingle, form a circle wide; The sire turns o'er, wi' patriarchal grace,
The big Ha’-Bible, ance his father's pride : His bonnet reverently is laid aside, - Mindful. b Asks. « News. d Makes. • Clothes. Diligent.
His lyart haffets wearin thin and bare;
He wales a portion with judicious care ;
Then, kneeling down, to heaven's eternal King
The saint, the father, and the husband prays :
That thus they all shall meet in future days;
No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear,
In such society, yet still more dear,
Then homeward all take off their several way;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest : The parent pair their secret homage pay,
And proffer up to Heaven the warm request, That He who stills the raven's clamorous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flowery pride, Would, in the way his wisdom sees the best,
For them and for their little ones provide ; But chiefly in their hearts with grace divine preside.
A MOTHER'S DEATH.
THEN died lamented, in the strength of life,
But when to all that knit us to our kind,
Slowly they bore, with solemn step, the dead :When grief grew loud, and bitter tears were shed, My part began; a crowd drew near the place, Awe in each eye, alarm in every face: So swift the ill, and of so fierce a kind, That fear, with pity, mingled in each mind; Friends with the husband came, their griefs to blend; For good-man Frankford was to all a friend. The last-born boy they held above the bier, He knew not grief, but cries expressed his fear : Each different age and sex revealed its pain, In now a louder, now a lower strain ; While the meek father, listening to their tones, Swelled the full.cadence of the grief by groans. The elder sister strove her pangs to hide, And soothing words to younger minds applied : “ Be still, be patient,” oft she strove to say; But failed as oft, and weeping turned away.
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