A First Series of Hymns and Songs/Descriptive Songs/The Cricket

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2. The Cricket.

Little guest with merry throat,
Chirping by the taper light,
Come, prolong thy blithesome note,
Welcome songster of the night.

Here enjoy a calm retreat,
In my chimney safely dwell;
No rude hand thy haunt shall beat,
Or chase thee from thy lonely cell.

Come, recount me all thy woes,
While around us sighs the gale;
Or, rejoiced to find repose,
Charm me with a merry tale.