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Written, originally extempore, on seeing a Mad HEIFER run through the Village where the Author lives.

1 When summer smil'd, and birds on ev'ry spray,
2 In joyous warblings tun'd their vocal lay,
3 Nature on all sides shew'd a lovely scene,
4 And people's minds were, like the air, serene;
5 Sudden from th' herd we saw an heiser stray,
6 And to our peaceful village bend her way.
7 She spurns the ground with madness as she flies,
8 And clouds of dust, like autumn mists, arise;
9 Then bellows loud: the villagers alarm'd,
10 Come rushing forth, with various weapons arm'd:
11 Some run with pieces of old broken rakes,
12 And some from hedges pluck the rotten stakes;
13 Here one in haste, with hand-staff of his flail,
14 And there another comes with half a rail:
15 Whips, without lashes, sturdy plough-boys bring,
16 While clods of dirt and pebbles others fling:
17 Voices tumultuous rend the listening ear;
18 Stop her one cries; another turn her there:
19 But furiously she rushes by them all,
20 And some huzza, and some to cursing fall:
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21 A mother snatch'd her infant off the road,
22 Close to the spot of ground where next she trod;
23 Camilla walking, trembled and turn'd pale;
24 See o'er her gentle heart what fears prevail!
25 At last the beast, unable to withstand
26 Such force united, leapt into a pond:
27 The water quickly cool'd her madden'd rage;
28 No more she'll fright our village, I presage.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Written, originally extempore, on seeing a Mad HEIFER run through the Village where the Author lives.
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    Hands, Elizabeth, 1746-1815. The death of Amnon. A poem. With an appendix: containing pastorals, and other poetical pieces. By Elizabeth Hands. [Coventry]: Printed for the author, by N. Rollason, Coventry, M,DCCLXXXIX., 1789, pp. 115-116. [40],127,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T141063) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Dunston B 961 (1)].)

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