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The Po was there to see, Danubius' bed,
Euphrates' fount, and Nile's mysterious head.
Further they pass, where ripening minerals flow,
And embryon metals undigested glow,
Sulphureous veins and living silver shine,
Which soon the parent sun's warm powers refine,
In one rich mass unite the precious store,

The parts combine and harden into ore:

Here gems break through the night with glittering beam,

And paint the margin of the costly stream,

All stones of lustre shoot their vivid ray,

And mix attemper'd in a various day;

Here the soft emerald smiles of verdant hue,
And rubies flame, with sapphire's heavenly blue,
The diamond there attracts the wondrous sight,
Proud of its thousand dies and luxury of light.

DE PRINCIPIIS COGITANDI.

ILLE sub umbrosæ qui stratus frondibus ulmi

Cantavit fastos ruricolasque senes; Et quos concipiant juvenilia pectora sensus ; Ut varia tumeant spe trepidentque metu; Et spirare ausus fidibus graviora Britannis

Pindarico grandes protulit ore modos : Idem etiam ingenio penetravit condita rerum, Naturæ cæcas introiitque vias;

Nec metuit versu puer illustrare Latino
Arcanos Sophiæ difficilesque locos.
Explicuit doctus quo tandem percita motu
Incipiat vires mens agitare suas :
Quo derivetur primum edita fonte potestas
Illa sagax animi mirificusque vigor.
Inter Etonenses conscriptus nempe catervas,
Cum vernos ageret jam tener ille dies,
Ingenium angustos intra compescere fines

Sprevit, et audaci ponere fræna fugæ ; Vulgaresque sequi puer indignatus honores,

Materie struxit nobiliore modos.

Doctus Socratici quid pagina ferret alumni,
Discipuloque daret quas Academus opes,
Corporeo victor resolutus carcere, mentis

Excursu voluit liberiore frui.
Ergo Pieriam dignus gestare coronam

Romano vates Anglus honore nitet;
Ingenioque potens et magno carmine, sedes
Nomen ad ætherias tollit, Etona, tuum!

ETONE,

MDCCCXLV.

W. G. C.

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