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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. To the Grasshopper and the Cricket
By James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)
 
GREEN 1 little vaulter in the sunny grass,
  Catching your heart up at the feel of June,
  Sole voice that ’s heard amidst the lazy noon,
  When even the bees lag at the summoning brass;
And you, warm little housekeeper, who class        5
  With those who think the candles come too soon,
  Loving the fire, and with your tricksome tune
  Nick the glad silent moments as they pass;
O sweet and tiny cousins, that belong
  One to the fields, the other to the hearth,        10
  Both have your sunshine; both, though small, are strong
At your clear hearts; and both seem given to earth
  To sing in thoughtful ears this natural song,—
  In doors and out, summer and winter, Mirth.

December, 1816.
 
Note 1. Written in the Vale of Health, Hampstead, and in companionship with that of Keats, on the same subject. [back]
 
 
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