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Ballads

Founded on Anecdotes Relating to Animals

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Author: William Hayley
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,326 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 530
mnybks.net#: 3409
Genre: Poetry
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she is deadly pale:
She's dead; and with the dying bird
Descending to the vale.

Lo! Donald flies.--She touches earth:
O form'd on earth to shine!
O mother of unrivall'd worth,
And sav'd by aid divine!

She lives unhurt--unhurt too lies
The baby in her clasp;
And her aerial tyrant dies
Just strangled in her grasp.

What triumph swelled in Donald's breast,
And o'er his features spread.
When he his living mother prest,
And held the Eagle dead!

Angels, who left your realms of bliss.
And on this parent smil'd,
Guard every mother brave as this,
In rescuing her child!


THE STAG.

BALLAD THE FOURTH.

Blest be the boy, by virtue nurst,
Who knows not aught of fear's controul,
And keeps, in peril's sudden burst,
The freedom of an active soul.

Such was a lively Tuscan boy,
Who lived the youthful Tass

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