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Who deem his house a useless place,

Faith, want of common sense;
And ardour in the Christian race,

A hypocrite's pretence?
Who trample order; and the day,

Which God asserts his own,
Dishonour with uphallow'd play,

And worship chance alone ?
If scorn of God's commands, impress'd

On word and deed, imply
The better part of man unbless'd

With life that cannot die;
Such want it, and that want, uncured

Till man resigns his breath,
Speaks him a criminal, assured

Of everlasting death.
Sad period to a pleasant course!

Yet so will God repay
Sabbaths profaned without remorse,

And mercy cast away.

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THE TOMB OF MR. HAMILTON,

PAUSE here, and think: a monitory rhyme
Demands one moment of thy fieeting time.

Consult life's silent clock, thy boundiog vein;
Seems it to say-Health here has long to reign?
Hast thou the vigour of thy youth? an eye
That beams delight? a heart untaught to sigh?
Yet fear. Youth, oft-times healthful and at ease,
Anticipates a day it never sees;
And many a tomb, like Hamilton's, aloud
Exclaims, Prepare thee for an early shroud.'

EPITAPH ON A HARE.

IIERE lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue,

Nor swifter greyhound follow, Whose foot ne'er tainted morning dew,

Nor ear heard huntsman's hallo',

Old Tiney, surliest of his kind,

Who, nursed with tender care, And to domestic bounds confined,

Was still a wild Jack-hare.

Though duly from my hand he took

His pittance every night,
He did it with a jealous look,

And, when he could, would bite.

His diet was of wheaten bread,

And milk, and oats, and straw; Thistles, or lettuces instead,

With sand to scour his maw.

On twigs of hawthorn he regaled,

On pippins' russet peel,
And, when his juicy salads fail'd,

Sliced carrot pleased him well.

A Turkey carpet was his lawn,

Whereon he loved to bound, To skip and gambol like a fawn,

And swing his rump around.

His frisking was at evening hours,

For then he lost his fear,
But most before approaching showers,

Or when a storm drew near.

Eight years and five round-rolling moons

He thus saw steal away, Dozing out all his idle noons,

And every night at play.

I kept him for his humour's sake,

For he would oft beguile
My heart of thoughts, that made it ache,

And force me to a smile.

But now beneath his walnut shade

He finds his long last home,
And waits, in snug concealment laid,

Till gentler Puss shall come.

He, still more aged, feels the shocks,

From which no care can save, And, partner once of Tiney's box,

Must soon partake his grave.

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EPITAPHIUM ALTERUM.

Hic etiam jacet,
Qui totum noyennium vixit,

Puss.
Siste paulisper,
Qui præteriturus es,

Et tecum sic reputa :--
Hunc neque canis venaticus,
Nec plumbum missile,

Nec laques,
Nec
ec imbres nimii,

Confecêre :
Tamen inortuus est

Et moriar ego.

The following Account of the Treatment of his Hares was inserted by Mr. Cowper in the Gentleman's Magazine, whence it is transcribed.

IN the year 1774, being much indisposed both in mind and body, incapable of diverting myself either with company or books, and yet in a condition that made some diversion necessary, I was glad of any thing that would engage my attention without fa. tiguing it. The children of a neighbour of mine bad a leveret given them for a plaything; it was at that time about three months old. Understanding better how to tease the poor creature than to feed it, and soon becoming weary of their charge, they readily consented that their father, who saw it pining and growing leaner every day, should offer it to my ac. ceptance. I was willing enough to take the prisoner under my protection, perceiving that, in the ma. nagement of such an animal, and in the attempt to tame it, I should find just that sort of employment which my case required. It was soon known among the neighbours that I was pleased with the present; and the consequeuce was, that in a short time I had as many leverets offered to me as would have stock. ed a paddock. I undertook the care of three, which it is necessary that I should here distinguish by the names I gave them-Puss, Tiney, and Bess. Not. withstanding the two feminine appellatives, I must inform you that they were all males. Immediately commencing carpenter, I built them houses to sleep in ; each had a separate apartment, so contrived, that their ordure would pass through the bottom of it; an earthen pan placed under each received what.

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