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[250] moist earth broken by the coulter and turned up to the sun and winds of May. This particular piece, which follows, is entitled The Sparrow, and was occasioned by the crushing of a bird's-nest by the author while ploughing among his corn. It has something of the simple tenderness of Burns.
Poor innocent and hapless Sparrow!
     Why should my mould-board gie thee sorrow!
This day thou'll chirp and mourn the morrow
     Wia anxious breast;
The plough has turned the mould'ring furrow
     Deep o'er thy nest!

Just ia the middle oa the hill
     Thy nest was placed wia curious skill;
There I espied thy little bill
     Beneath the shade.
In that sweet bower, secure frae ill,
     Thine eggs were laid.

Five corns oa maize had there been drappit,
     Ana through the stalks thy head was pappit,
The drawing nowt could na be stappit
     I quickly founa;
Syne frae thy cozie nest thou happit,
     Wild fluttering rouna.

The sklentin stane beguiled the sheer,
     In vain I tried the plough to steer;
A wee bit stumpie ia the rear
     Cama 'tween my legs,
Ana to the jee-side gart me veer
     Ana crush thine eggs.

Alas! alas! my bonnie birdie!
     Thy faithful mate flits round to guard thee.
Connubial love!—a pattern worthy
     The pious priest!
What savage heart could be sae hardy
     As wound thy breast?

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