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A text for Henley, or a glofs for Hearne, 215 Who loves to teach, what no man cares to learn.
How little, knowledge reaps from toils like these! 'Tco doubtful to direct, too poor to please. Yet, Critics, would your tribe deserve a name, And, fairly useful, rise to honeft fame; First, from the head, a load of lumber move, And, from the volume, all yourselves approve: For patch'd and pilfer'd fragments, give us fenfe, Or learning, clear from learn'd impertinence, Where moral meaning, or where taste presides, 225 And wit enlivens but what reason guides : Great without swelling, without meanness plain; Serious, not filly; sportive, but not vain; On trifles flight, on things of use profound, In quoting fober, and in judging found.
Verses presented to the Prince of OR ANCE, on
his visiting OXFORD, in the Year 1734.
ECEIVE, lov'd prince, the tribute of our praise,
This hasty welcome, in unfinish'd lays.
The truly good but with the verfe sincere :
Such Nafsau is, the faireft, gentlest mind,
Nor deem this verse from venal art proceeds, That vice of courts, the foil for baneful weeds. Her candor dwells; here honest truths are taught, To guide and govern, not disguise, the thought. See these enlighten'd Sages, who prefide O'er learning's empire; see the youth they guide Behold, all faces are in transport drest ! But those most wonder, who discern thee best. At sight of thee, each free-born heart receives. A joy, the fight of princes rarely gives; From tyrants sprung, and oft themselves design'd By Fate, the future Neroes of their kind : But though thy blood, we know, transmitted springs From laurel'd heroes, and from warrior-kings, Through that high series, we, delighted, trace The friends of liberty, and human race !
Oh, born to glad and animate our Ille ! For thee, our heavens look pleas'd, our feasons smile. For thee, late object of our tender fears, When thy life droop'd, and Britain was in tears,
All-chearing Health, the goddess rosy-fair,
Proceed to emulate thy race divine:
peace ; Of daughters, fair and faithful, to supply The patriot-race, till Nature's self thall die !
Verses occasioned by Dr. Frazer's rebuilding
Part of the University of Aberdeen.
And dar'd defpife the worth he would not know;
Now, dire reverse! impair’d by lapse of years,
Ruin * Bishop Elphinston.
f Calling 'it King's College, in compliment to James IV.
Ruin hangs hovering o'er the fated place :
Sad Learning's genius, with a father's fear,
From heaven, in that dark hour, commission'd came
“ Hear, and rejoice! - the gracious Power begun-
“ Nor ends the bounty thus: by him beftow'd, " Here, Science shall her richest stores unload. “ Whate’er, long-hid, Philosophy has found; “ Or the Muse sung, with living lawrel crown'd; “ Or History descry'd, far-looking sage, - In the dark doubtfulness of distant age; “ These, thy best wealth, with curious choice combin'?, « Now treasur'd here, shall form the studious mind : • To wits unborn the wanted succours give, " And fire the Bard, whom Genius means to live,
os But, teach thy fons the gentle laws of peace; Let low Self-love and pedant-Discord cease :