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SEQUEL TO THE "BEGGARS," 1802

COMPOSED MANY YEARS AFTER

          WHERE are they now, those wanton Boys?
          For whose free range the daedal earth
          Was filled with animated toys,
          And implements of frolic mirth;
          With tools for ready wit to guide;
          And ornaments of seemlier pride,
          More fresh, more bright, than princes wear;
          For what one moment flung aside,
          Another could repair;
          What good or evil have they seen                            10
          Since I their pastime witnessed here,
          Their daring wiles, their sportive cheer?
          I ask--but all is dark between!
            They met me in a genial hour,
          When universal nature breathed
          As with the breath of one sweet flower,--
          A time to overrule the power
          Of discontent, and check the birth
          Of thoughts with better thoughts at strife,
          The most familiar bane of life                              20
          Since parting Innocence bequeathed
          Mortality to Earth!
          Soft clouds, the whitest of the year,
          Sailed through the sky--the brooks ran clear;
          The lambs from rock to rock were bounding;
          With songs the budded groves resounding;
          And to my heart are still endeared
          The thoughts with which it then was cheered;
          The faith which saw that gladsome pair
          Walk through the fire with unsinged hair.                   30
          Or, if such faith must needs deceive--
          Then, Spirits of beauty and of grace,
          Associates in that eager chase;
          Ye, who within the blameless mind
          Your favourite seat of empire find--
          Kind Spirits! may we not believe
          That they, so happy and so fair
          Through your sweet influence, and the care
          Of pitying Heaven, at least were free
          From touch of 'deadly' injury?                              40
          Destined whate'er their earthly doom,
          For mercy and immortal bloom!
                                                              1817.


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