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On twigs of hawthorn he regaled,

On pippins' russet peel,
And, when his juicy salads failed,

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 loft his fear,
But moft before approaching showers,

Or when a storm drew near.

Eight years and five round-rolling moons

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

And every night at play.

I kept him for his humour' 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,

Muft soon partake his grave.

EPITAPHIUM ALTERUM.

Hic etiam jacet,
Qui totum novennium vixit,

Puss.
Siste paulisper,
Qui præteriturus es,
Et tecum sic reputa-
Nunc neque canis venaticus,
Nec plumbum miffile,

Nec laqueus,
Nec imbres nimii,

Confecêre
Tamen mortuus eft

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 fome diversion neceffary, I was glad of any thing, that would engage my attention without fatiguing it. The children of a neighbour of mine had 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 acceptance. I was willing enough to take the prifoner under my protection, perceiving that, in the management 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 consequence was, that in a short time I had as many leverets offered to me, as would have stocked a paddock. I undertook the care of three, which it is necessary that I should here diftinguish by the names I gave them-Pufs, Tiney, and Bess. Notwithstanding 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 whatsoever fell, which being duly emptied and washed, they were thus kept perfectly sweet and clean. In the day-time they had the range of a hall, and at night retired each to his own bed, never intruding into that of another.

Pufs grew presently familiar, would leap into my lap, raise himself upon his hinder feet, and bite the hair from my temples. He would suffer me to take

and to carry him about in my arms, and has more than once fallen faft asleep upon my knee. He was ill three days, during which time I nursed him, kept him apart from his fellows, that they might not moleft him (for, like many other wild animals, they perfecute one of their own species that is fick), and by constant care, and trying him with a variety of herbs, restored him to perfect health. No creature could be more grateful than my patient after his recovery; a sentiment which he moft significantly

him up

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