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“ While bright-eyed Science watches round: “Hence, away, 'tis holy ground!"
From yonder realms of empyrean day
Bursts on my ear th' indignant lay:
The Few, whom Genius gave to shine
Rapt in celestial transport they ;
They send of tender sympathy,
First the genuine ardour stole. 'Twas Milton struck the deep-ton'd shell, And, as the choral warblings round him swell, Meek Newton's self bends from his state sublime, And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme.
“ Ye brown o'er-arching Groves,
“ Where willowy Camus lingers with delight!
« Oft at the blush of dawn
“ I trod your level lawn, “Oft woo'd the gleam of Cynthia silver-bright “ In cloisters dim, far from the haunts of Folly, “ With Freedom by my side, and soft-ey'd Me
But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth
With solemn steps and slow,
From haughty Gallia torn,
(r) Great Edward with the lilies on his brow. Edward the Third, who added the fleur de lys of France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity College.
(8) And sad Chatillon, on her bridal morn, &c. Mary de Valentia, Countess of Pembroke, daughter of Guy de Chatillon, Comte de St. Paul in France: of whom tradition says, that her hus. band, Audemar de Valentia, Earl of Pembroke, was slain at a tournament on the day of his nuptials. She was the foundress of Pembroke College or Hall, under the name of Aula Mariæ de Valentia.
That wept her bleeding Love, and princely Clare(t),
And either Henry there (x),
That broke the bonds of Rome.
Their human passions now no more,
and princely Clare. Elizabeth de Burg, Countess of Clare, was wife of John de Burg, son and heir of the Earl of Ulster, and daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Edward the First. Hence the Poet gives her the epithet of princely. She founded Clare Hall.
(u) And Anjou's Heroine, and the paler Rose. Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry the Sixth, foundress of Queen's College. The Poet has celebrated her conjugal fidelity in The Bard, Epode 2d, line 13th.
Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward the Fourth, hence called the paler rose, as being of the house of York. She added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou.
(x) And either Henry there. Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity College.
And bade these awful fanes and turrets rise,
And thus they speak in soft accord
“ What is Grandeur, what is Power? “ Heavier toil, superior pain. • What the bright reward we gain? “ The grateful memory of the Good. “ Sweet is the breath of vernal shower, " The bee's collected treasures sweet, “ Sweet music's melting fall, but sweeter yet “ The still small voice of Gratitude.”
Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
The venerable Marg'ret see (y)! “ Welcome, my noble Son, (she cries aloud)
“ To this, thy kindred train, and me:
(y) The venerable Marg'ret see. Countess of Richmond and Derby: the mother of Henry the Seventh, foundress of St. John's and Chrits's Colleges.
“ Pleas'd in thy lineaments we trace
“ Thy liberal heart, thy judging eye,
“ Lo, Granta waits to lead her blooming band,
“ Not obvious, not obtrusive, She “No vulgar praise, no venal incense flings;
“ Nor dares with courtly tongue refin'd “ Profane thy inborn royalty of mind:
“ She reveres herself and thee. “ With modest pride to grace thy youthful brow,
(2) A Tudor's fire, a Beaufort's grace. The Countess was a Beaufort, and married to a Tudor : hence the application of this line to the Duke of Grafton, who claims descent from both these families.