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THE BLACK COCK,

WRITTEN FOR A WELCH AIR, CALLED THE NOTE OF THE BLACK COCK.

1 GOOD morrow to thy sable beak,
2 And glossy plumage, dark and sleek,
3 Thy crimson moon and azure eye,
4 Cock of the heath, so wildly shy!
5 I see thee, slily cowering, through
6 That wiry web of silver dew,
7 That twinkles in the morning air,
8 Like easement of my lady fair.
9 A maid there is in yonder tower,
10 Who, peeping from her early bower,
11 Half shews, like thee, with simple wile,
12 Her braided hair and morning smile.
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13 The rarest things with wayward will,
14 Beneath the covert hide them still:
15 The rarest things to light of day
16 Look shortly forth, and shrink away.
17 One fleeting moment of delight,
18 I sunned me in her cheering sight;
19 And short, I ween, the term will be,
20 That I shall parley hold with thee.
21 Through Snowdon's mist red beams the day;
22 The climbing herdboy chaunts his lay;
23 The gnat-flies dance their sunny ring;
24 Thou art already on the wing.

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Title (in Source Edition): THE BLACK COCK, WRITTEN FOR A WELCH AIR, CALLED “THE NOTE OF THE BLACK COCK.”
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Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of "Dramas on the Passions," etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, pp. 362-363. 

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