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The Lynx and the Mole

Illustration 225

The Lynx and the Mole

A lynx  once met by chance a mole,

Just emerging from his hole.

The lynx with penetrating eye

The beauties of the place did spy,

And asked the mole to take a share

In the fine prospect, rich and rare.

"I've seldom found so good a place.

From this small hill you see a space

Extended far beneath your view,

I like it much; pray do not you?

See now the sun begins to rise,

And with crimson tints the skies.

It spreads all round its genial heat,

And nature now enjoys a treat."

"Well, well!" the mole aloud did cry

"You may see this and more, but I

Can only now before me see,

A very heavy mist." "Truly,

Now," said the lynx, "I clearly see

The difference 'twixt you and me.

My eyes see with perception bright

While your's are always dark as night.

Go to your hold beneath the ground,

While I will range the forest round."

Illustration 226