Never speaking, still awake,
Pleasing most when most I speak,
The Delight of old and young,
Tho’ I speak without a Tongue.
Nought but one Thing can confound me,
Many Voices joining round me;
Then I fret, and rave and gabble,
Like the Labourers of Babel.
I can bleat, or I can sing,
Like the Warblers of the Spring.
Let the Love-sick Bard complain,
And I mourn the cruel Pain;
Let the happy Swain rejoice,
And I join my helping Voice;
Tho’ a Lady, I am stout,
Drums and Trumpets bring me out;
Then I clash and roar, and rattle,
Join in all the Din of Battle.
Much I dread the Courtier’s Fate,
When his Merit’s out of Date,
For I hate a silent Breath,
And a Whisper is my Death.