They with their pannier'd Asses semblance made
Of Potters wandering on from door to door :
But life of happier sort to me pourtray'd,
And other joys my fancy to allure ;
The bag-pipe dinning on the midnight moor
In barn uplighted, and Companions boon
Well met from far with revelry secure,
Among the forest glades, when jocund June
Rolled fast along the sky his warm and genial moon,
But ill they suited me; those journies dark
O'er moor and mountain, midnight theft to hatch!
Ta charm the surly House-dog's faithful bark,
Or hang on tip-toe at the lifted latch ;
The gloomy lantern, and the dim blue match,
The black disguise, the warning whistle shrill,
And ear still busy on its nightly watch,
Were not for me, brought up in nothing ill :
Besides, on griefs so fresh my thoughts were brooding still.
What could I do, unaided and unblest ?
My Father ! gone was every friend of thine :
And kindred of dead husband are at best
Small help ; and, after marriage such as mine,
With little kindness would to me incline.
Ill was I then for toil or service fit :
With tears whose course no effort could confine,
By the road-side forgetful would I sit
Whole hours, my idle arms in moping sorrow knit,