WIDE o’er the barren plain the bleak wind flies,
Sweeps the high mountain’s top, and with its breath
Swells the curl’d river o’er the plain beneath,
Where many a clay-built hut in ruin lies.
The hardy PEASANT in his little cot,
Lights his small fire, his homely meal prepares;
No pamper’d luxury, no splendid cares
Invade the comforts of his humble lot.
Born to endure, he labours thro’ the day,
And when the midnight storm o’er spreads the skies,
On a clean pallet peacefully he lies,
And sweetly sleeps the lonely hours away;
Till at the peep of dawn he wakes to find,
HEALTH in his veins, and RAPTURE IN HIS MIND.