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Anno Ætatis 19, at a VACATION EXERCISE in the

COLLEGE, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began.

Hail, native Language, that by sinews weak
Didst move my first endeavouring tongue to speak,
And mad’st imperfect words with childish trips,
Half unpronounc'd, slide through my infant-lips,
Driving dumb Silence from the portal door,
Where he had mutely sat two years before !
Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask,
That now I use thee in my latter task :
Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
I know my tongue but little grace can do thee :
Thou need'st not be ambitious to be first,
Believe me I have thither pack'd the worst :
And, if it happen as I did forecast,
The daintiest dishes shall be served up last.
I pray thee then deny me not thy aid
For this same small neglect that I have made :
But haste thee straight to do me once a pleasure,
And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure,
Not those new-fangled toys,2 and trimming slight
Which takes our late fantasticks with delight;

1 • New-fangled toys:' he alludes to Lilly's Euphues and the then fashionable affectation of Eupbuism; see Scott's • Movastery.'

But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire,
Which deepest spirits and choicest wits desire:
I have some naked thoughts that rove about,
And loudly knock to have their passage out ;
And, weary of their place, do only stay,
Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array;
That so they may, without suspect or fears,
Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears ;
Yet I had rather, if I were to chuse,
Thy service in some graver subject use,
Such as may make thee search thy coffers round,
Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound:
Such where the deep transported mind may soar
Above the wheeling poles, and at Heaven's door
Look in, and see each blissful Deity
How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,
Listening to what unshorn Apollo sings
To the touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
Immortal nectar to her kingly sire :
Then passing through the spheres of watchful fire,
And misty regions of wide air next under,
And hills of snow, and lofts of piled thunder,
May tell at length how green-eyed Neptune raves,
In heaven's defiance mustering all his waves ;
Then sing of secret things that came to pass
When beldam Nature in her cradle was ;
And last of kings, and queens, and heroes old,
Such as the wise Demodocust once told
In solemn songs at king Alcinous' feast,
While sad Ulysses' soul, and all the rest,
Are held, with his melodious harmony,
In willing chains and sweet captivity.

1 * Demodocus :' a bliud brud mentioned in the Odyssey.'

But fie, my wandering Muse, how thou dost stray!
Expectance calls thee now another way;
Thou know'st it must be now thy only bent
To keep in compass of thy predicament :
Then quick about thy purpos’d business come,
That to the next I may resign my room.

Then Ens is represented as Father of the PREDICAMENTS

his two Sons, whereof the eldest stood for SUBSTANCE

with his Canons; which Ens, thus speaking, explains. Good luck befriend thee, Son ; for at thy birth, The faery ladies danc'd upon the hearth ; Thy drowsy nurse hath sworn she did them spie Come tripping to the room where thou didst lie, And, sweetly singing round about thy bed, Strew all their blessings on thy sleeping head. She heard them give thee this, that thou shouldst still From eyes of mortals walk invisible : Yet there is something that doth force my fear; For once it was my dismal hap to hear A Sibyl old, bow-bent with crooked age, That far events full wisely could presage, And, in Time's long and dark prospective glass, Foresaw what future days should bring to pass ; “ Your son,” said she, “ (nor can you it prevent) Shall subject be to many an Accident. O'er all his brethren he shall reign as king, Yet every one shall make him underling ; And those, that cannot live from him asunder, Ungratefully shall strive to keep him under ; In worth and excellence he shall out-go them, Yet, being above them, he shall be below them;

1. Ens,' &c. : scholastic terms personified.

From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing.
To find a foe it shall not be his hap,
And Peace shall lull him in her flowery lap;
Yet shall he live in strife, and at his door
Devouring War shall never cease to roar;
Yea, it shall be his natural property
To harbour those that are at enmity.
What power, what force, what mighty spell, if not
Your learned hands, can loose this Gordian knot ?”

The next QUANTITY and Quality spake in Prose; then

RELATion was called by his name.
Rivers, arise ; whether thou be the son
Of utmost Tweed, or Oose, or gulphy Dun,
Or Trent, who, like some Earth-born giant, spreads
His thirty arms along the indented meads ;
Or sullen Mole, that runneth underneath ;
Or Severn swift, guilty 2 of maiden's death;
Or rocky Avon, or of sedgy Lee,
Or coaly Tine, or ancient hallow'd Dee ;3
Or Humber4 loud, that keeps the Scythian's name;
Or Medway smooth, or royal-tower'd Thame.

[The rest was Prose.]

1 Mole:' a river in Surrey, which sinks in summer into a subterranean channel. - ? Guilty :' the maiden is Sabrina; sceComus.' 13 • Dee: the river of the Druids, held sacred. Humber' was a Scythian king drowned in the river.

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AN EPITAPH1

ON THE ADMIRABLE DRAMATICK POET W. SHAKSPEARE.

What needs my Shakspeare, for his honour'd bones,
The labour of an age in piled stones?
Or that his hallow'd reliques should be hid
Under a star-ypointing pyramid ?
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need’st thou such weak witness of thy name?
Thou, in our wonder and astonishment,
Hast built thyself a live-long monument.
For whilst, to the shame of slow-endeavouring art
Thy easy numbers flow; and that each heart
Hath, from the leaves of thy unvalued a book,
Those Delphick lines with deep impression took
Then thou, our fancy of itself bereaving,
Dost make us marble with too much conceiving ;
And, so sepulcher’d, in such pomp dost lie,
That kings, for such a tomb, would wish to die.

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ON THE UNIVERSITY CARRIER,

WHO SICKENED IN THE TIME OF HIS VACANCY , BEING FORBID TO GO TO

LONDON, BY REASON OF THE PLAGUE,

HERE lies old Hobson ;3 Death hath broke his girt,
And here, alas ! hath laid him in the dirt ;
Or else, the ways being fouil, twenty to one,
He's here stuck in a slough, and overthrown.

'' An Epitaph :' the first of Milton's picces published. --2 • Unvalued :' invaluable.—3 «Hobson : ' he put up at the Bull in Bishopsgate Street. He died iu 1630.

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