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ENCE, avaunt, ('tis holy ground)


Comus, and his midnight crew,

"And Ignorance, with looks profound, "And dreaming Sloth of pallid hue, "Mad Sedition's cry profane,

"Servitude that hugs her chain,

"Nor in thefe confecrated Bowers

"Let painted Flattery hide her ferpent train in Яowers.



"Nor Envy bafe, nor creeping Gain "Dare the Mufe's walk to ftain,

"While bright-ey'd Science watches round; "Hence, away, 'tis holy ground!"


From yonder realms of empyrean day
Bursts on my ear th' indignant lay :

There fit the fainted fage, the Bard divine,

The Few, whom Genius gave to shine

Through every unborn age, and undifcovered clime.

Rapt in celeftial tranfport they,


Yet hither oft a glance from high

They fend of tender fympathy

To bless the place, where on their opening foul

Firft the genuine ardor ftole.

'Twas Milton ftruck the deep-toned shell,

And, as the choral warblings round him swell,

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Meek Newton's felf bends from his ftate fublime,

And nods his hoary head, and liftens to the rhyme.


"Ye brown o'er-arching groves,

"That Contemplation loves,

"Where willowy Camus lingers with delight!

"Oft at the blush of dawn

"I trod your level lawn,

"Oft woo'd the gleam of Cynthia filver-bright

"In cloifters dim, far from the haunts of folly, "With Freedom by my fide. and foft-ey'd Melan❤ choly.


But hark! the portals found, and pacing forth

With folemn fteps and flow,

High Potentates and Dames of royal birth
And mitred Fathers in long order go:



Great Edward * with the lilies on his brow,

From haughty Gallia torn,

And fad Chatillon, on her bridal morn

That wept her bleeding love, and princely Clare ‡,

And Anjou's Heroine §, and the paler Rofe,

The rival of her crown, and of her woes,

And either Henry there,

The murther'd Saint 1, and the majestic Lord $$
That broke the bonds of Rome.


Edward III. gave the old foundation of Trinity College.

+ Founded Pembroke-Hall. She married an Earl of Pembroke, who was killed in a tournament on his wedding-day.

Founded Clare-Hall. Her father the Earl of Glosefter married a daughter of Edward I.

Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI. foundrefs of Queen's College.

Elizabeth Wodeville, wife of Edward IV. augmented and improved the last mentioned college. Henry VI. founder of King's College.

§§ Henry VIII. enriched and enlarged TrinityCollege.

(Their tears, their little triumphs o'er, (accomp.)

Their human passions now no more,

Save Charity, that glows beyond the tomb)
All that on Granta's fruitful plain

Rich ftreams of regal bounty pour'd,

And bade thefe awful fanes and turrets rife,
To hail their Fitzroy's feftal morning come;
And thus they speak in soft accord

The liquid language of the skies.


"What is Grandeur, what is power? "Heavier toil, fuperior pain.

"What the bright reward we gain ? "The grateful memory of the Good.

"Sweet is the breath of vernal shower, "The bees collected treasures sweet,

"Sweet mufick's melting fall, but sweeter yet

"The ftill fmall voice of Gratitude.


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