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ODE XI.

(FOR MUSIC.) Performed in the Senate-bouse, Cambridge, July 14, 1769,

at the Installation of bis Grace Aguftus-Henry-Fitzroy
Duke of Grafton, Chancellor of the University.

I.
НЕ
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,

S “ Servitude that hugs her chain, “ Nor in these consecrated bow'rs, “ Let painted Flatt'ry hide her ferpent-train in “ Nor Envy base, nor creeping Gain,

[flow'rs;
« Dare the Muse's walk to stain,
6 While bright-ey'd Science watches round:
“ Hence, away! 'tis holy ground.”

II.
From yonder realms of empyrian day
Bursts on my ear th’ indignant lay;
There fit the sainted fage, the bard divine, IS
The few whom Genius gave to shine
Thro' ev'ry unborn age and undiscover'd clime.
Rapt in celestial transport they,
Yet hither oft'a glance from high
They send of tender sympathy
To bless the place where on their op'ning soul
First the genuine ardour stole.
'Twas Milton ftruck the deep-ton'd shell,
And, as the choral warblings round him swell,

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Meek Newton's self bends from his state sublime, 25 And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme.

III. “ Ye brown o'er-arching groves ! 66 That Contemplation loves, " Where willowy Camus lingers with delight, Oft' at the blush of dawn

30 “ 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 Melancholy.”

IV. But hark! the portals found, and pacing forth, 35 With solemn steps 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 sad Chatillon, † on her bridal morn, That wept her bleeding love, and princely Clare, i

* Edward III, who added the Fleur de lys of France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity-college.

+ Mary de Valentia, Countess of Pembroke, daughter of Guy de Chatillon, Comte de St. Paul in France, of whom tradition says, that her husband, Aude. marde 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

lula Maria de Valentia. # Elizabeth de Burg, Countess of Clare, was wife of John de Burg, fon and heir of the Earl of Ulster,

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And Anjou's Heroine, $ and the paler Rofe,
The rival of her crown, and of her woes,
And either Herrys there,

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The murder'd saint, and the majestic lord,
That broke the bonds of Rome.
(Their tears, their little triumphs o’er,
Their human passions now no more,
Save charity, that glows beyond the tomb) 50
All that on Granta's fruitful plain
Rich ftreams of regal bounty pour’d,
And bade those awful fanes and turrets rise
To hail their Fitzroy's festal morning come;
And thus they speak in soft accord

55 The liquid language of the skies :

V. • What is grandeur, what is power? “ Heavier toil, fuperior pain, “ What the bright reward we gain? “ The grateful mem'ry of the good.

60 “ Sweet is the breath of vernal shower, “ The bee's collected treasures sweet, and daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Edward I. hence the poet gives her the epithet of princely. She founded Clare-hall.

$ Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI. foundress of Queen's college. The poet has celebrated her conjugal fidelity in a former ode.

|| Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward IV. (hence called the paler Rose, as being of the house of York.) She added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou.

Henry VI. and VIII. the former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinitycollege.

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“Sweet Music's melting fall, but sweeter yet « The still small voice of Gratitude.”

VI. Foremost, and leaning from her golden cloud, The venerable Marg'ret * fee ! “Welcome, my noble fon!” she cries aloud, " To this thy kindred train and me: « Pleas'd in thy lineaments we trace “ A Tudor'st fire, a Beaufort's grace.

70 “ Thy lib’ral heart, thy judging eye, “ The flow'r unheeded shall descry, “ And bid it round heav'n's altars shed “ The fragrance of it's blushing head; “ Shall raise from earth the latent gem

75 “ To glitter on the diadem.

VII. “ 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

80 “ Profane thy inborne royalty of mind : 6 She reveres herself and thee. “ With modest pride to grace thy youthful brow « The laureate wreath | that Cecil wore she brings,

* Countess of Richmond and Derby, the mother of Henry VII. foundress of St. John's and Christ's colleges.

+ The Countess was a Beaufort, and married to a Tudor; hence the application of this line to the Duke of Grafton, who claims defcent from both these families.

Lord Treasurer Burleigh was Chancellor of the University in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

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“ And to thy just, thy gentle hand
“ Submits the fafces of her sway;
“ While spirits bleft above, and men below,
“ Join with glad voice the loud symphonious lay.

VIII. “ Thro' the wild waves, as they roar, “ With watchful eye, and dauntless mien, 90 “ Thy steady course of honour keep, « Nor fear the rock nor seek the shore: “ The star of Brunfwick smiles serene, 66 And gilds the horrors of the deep."

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MISCELLANIES.

A LONG STORY.

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