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To the Right Hon. HENRY PELHAM, Esq.
HE humble Petition of the worshipful company
of Poets and News-writers,
That these their misfortunes, they humbly conceive,
That they always had form'd high conceits of their use,
To heed what they fay, or to read what they write;
In fhort, public bus'ness is so carry'd on,
To perplex 'em ftill more, and fure famine to bring
YOUR Petitioners therefore most humbly entreat (As times will allow, and your honour thinks meet) That measures be chang'd, and fome caufe of complaint Be immediately furnish'd, to end their restraint; Their credit thereby, and their trade to retrieve, That again they may rail, and the nation believe.
Or elfe (if your wifdom fhall deem it all one) Now the parliament's rifing, and bus'nefs is done, That your honour would please, at this dangerous crisis, To take to your bofom a few private vices, By which your petitioners, haply, might thrive, And keep both themselves and contention alive.
In compaffion, good Sir! give 'em fomething to fay, And your honour's petitioners ever shall pray.
Senate-House at Cambridge July 1, 1749,
At the Installation of his Grace
THOMAS HOLLES Duke of NEWCASTLE, CHANCELLOR of the University.
canit errantem Permeffi ad flumina Gallum Aonas in montes ut duxerit una fororum; Utque viro Phabi chorus affurrexerit omnis.
By Mr. MASON, Fellow of Pembroke-Hall.
Set to Mufic by Mr. Boyce, Composer to his Majefty.
ERE all thy active fires diffufe,
Thou genuine British Mufe;
Hither defcend from yonder orient sky,
Cloth'd in thy heav'n-wove robe of harmony.
Air I. Come, imperial queen of fong;
That glance of dignity divine,
Recitative. The elevated foul, who feels
He with impartial justice deals
The blooming chaplets of immortal lays :
And nobly thron'd in Truth's meridian sphere,
Full on fair Virtue's fhrine he pours the rays of fame.
Air II. Goddess! thy piercing eye explores
The verdure of the velvet lawn,
Or all those tints, which rang'd in vivid glow
Recitative. But chief fhe lifts her tuneful transports high, When to her intellectual eye
The mental beauties rife in moral dignity :
The facred zeal for Freedom's cause,
With which mild Genius warms the Sage's heart,
Or stretch to ampler bounds the wide domain of art.
With bee-like fkill fhe draws the rich perfume,
In the foft balm of her mellifluous lay.
V. Recitative. Is there a clime, where all these beauties rife In one collected radiance to her eyes?