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Peace to them all! those brilliant times are fled, And no such lights are kindling in their stead. Our striplings shine indeed, but with such rays, As set the midnight riot in a blaze;. ., And seem, if judged by their expressive looks, Deeper in none than in their surgeons' books.
Say muse, (for education made the song, No muse can hesitate or linger long) What causes move us, knowing as we must, That these menageries all fail their trust, To send our sons to scout and scamper there, While colts and puppies cost us so much care ?
Be it a weakness, it deserves some praise, We love the play-place of our early days; '; The scene is touching, and the heart is stone, That feels not at that sight, and feels at none. The wall on which we tried our graving skill, The very naine we carved subsisting still; i The bench on which we sat while deep employed, Tho' mangled, hacked,and hewėd, not yet destroyed: The little ones, unbuttoned, glowing hot, Playing our games, and on the very spot; As happy as we once, to kneel and draw The chalky ring, and knuckle down at taw; ;, To pitch the ball into the grounded hat, Or drive it devious with a dexterous pat; The pleasing spectacle at once excites Such recollection of our own delights, That, viewing it, we seeni almost to obtain .. Our innocent sweer simple years again.
This fond attachment to the well-known place,
Soon see your wish fulfilled in either child,
The great indeed, by titles, riches, birth,
But how? resides such virtue in that air, As must create an appetite for prayer? And will it breathe into him all the zeal, That candidates for such a prize should fect, To take the lead and be the foremost still .. In all true worth and literary skill? “Ah blind to bright futurity, uptaught " The knowledge of the world, and dull of thought! “ Church ladders are not always mounted best “By learned clerks and Latinists, professed. ; “ The exalted prize demands an upward look, “ Not to be found by poring on a book... “ Small skill in Latin, and still less in Greek, " Is more than adequate to all I seek. “Let erudition grace him or not grace, a "I give the bauble but the second place; in
h umvuin, un put a suiciu, “Subsist and centre in one point-a friend. : “ A friend, whate'er he studies or neglects, . “Shall give him consequence, heal all defects. “ His intercourse with peers and sons of peers: “ There dawns the splendour of his future years; “In that bright quarter his propitious skies , “Shall blush betimes, and there his glory rise.. “ Your Lordship, and Your Grace! what school can “ A rhetoric equal to those parts of speech? (teach " What need of Homer's verse or Tully's prose,
Sweet interjections! if he learn but those? .' "Let reverend churls his ignorance rebuke, i “ Who starve upon a dog's-eared Pentateuch, “ The parson knows enough, who knowsa duke;"), Egregious purpose! worthily begun c i · In barbarous prostitution of your son; Pressed on his part by means, that would disgrace A scrivener's clerk or footman out of place, And ending, if at last its end be gained, In sacrilege, in God's own house profaned. It may succeed; and, if his sios should call For more than common punishment, it shall; The wretch shall rise, and be the thing on earth Least qualified in honour, learning, worth, To occupy a sacred, awful post, In which the best and worthiest tremble. most. The royal letters are a thing of course, A king, that would, might recommend his horse; And deans, no doubt, and chapters, with one voice, As bound in duty, would confirm the choice. . Behold your bishop! well he plays his part, Christian in name, and infidel in heart, Ghostly in office, earthly in his plan, A slave at court, elsewhere a lady's inan.. Dumb as a senator, and as a priest A piece of mere church-furniture at best; To live estranged from God his total scope, And his end sure, without one glimpse of hope. But fair although and feasible it seem, Depend not much upon your golden dream; . For providence, that seems concerned to exempt The hallowed bench from absolute contempt, In spite of all the wrigglers into place, Still keeps a seat or two for worth and grace;