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The Nightingale and the Glowworm

By Cowper, William

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Book Id: WPLBN0000247659
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: The Nightingale and the Glowworm  
Author: Cowper, William
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: A NIGHTINGALE, that all day long // Hath cheer'd the village with his song, // Nor yet at eve his note suspended, // Nor yet when eventide was ended, // Began to feel, as well he might, // The keen demands of appetite; // When, looking eagerly around, // He spied far off, upon the ground, // A something shining in the dark, // And knew the glowworm by his spark; // So stooping down from hawthorn top, // He thought to put him in his crop. // The worm, aware of his intent, // Harangued him thus, right eloquent:- // Did you admire my lamp, quoth he, // As much as I your minstrelsy, // You would abhor to do me wrong, // As much as I to spoil your song; // For 'twas the self-same power Divine // Taught you to sing, and me to shine // That you with music, I with light, // Might beautify and cheer the night. // The songster heard his short oration, // And, warbling out his approbation, // Released him, as my story tells, // And found a supper somewhere else. // Hence jarring sectaries may learn // Their real interest to discern; // That brother should not war with brother, // And worry and devour each other; // But sing and shine with sweet consent, // Till life's poor transient night is spent, // Respecting in each other's case // The gifts of nature and of grace. // Those Christians best deserve the name, // Who studiously make peace their aim; // Peace both the duty and the prize // Of him that creeps and him that flies. // William Cowper...


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