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The graces too, while Virtue at their shrine
Lay bleeding under that soft hand of thine,
Felt each a mortal stab in her own breast,
Abhorr'd the sacrifice, and curs’d the priest.
Thou polish'd and high-finish'd foe to truth,
Graybeard corrupter of our list'ning youth,
To purge and skim away the filth of vice,
That so refin’d it might the more entice,
Then pour it on the morals of thy son;
To taint his heart, was worthy of thine own!
Now, while the poison all high life pervades,
Write, if thou canst, one letter from the shades,
One, and one only, charg'd with deep regret,
That thy worse part, thy principles, live yet:
One sad epistle thence may cure mankind
Of the plague spread by bundles left behind.
*Tis granted, and no plainer truth appears,
Our most important are our earliest years;
The Mind, impressible and soft, with ease
Imbibes and copies what she hears and sees,
And through life's labyrinth holds fast the clew,
That Education gives her, false or true.
Plants rais'd with tenderness are seldom strong;
Man's coltish disposition asks the thong;
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And without discipline the fav’rite child,
Like a neglected forester, runs wild.
But we, as if good qualities would grow
Spontaneous, take but little pains to sow;
We give some Latin, and a smatch of Greek;
Teach him to fence and figure twice a week;
And having done, we think, the best we can,
Praise his proficiency, and dub him man.
From school to Cam or Isis, and thence home;
And thence with all convenient speed to Rome,
With rev'rend tutor clad in habit lay,
To tease for cash, and quarrel with all day;
With memorandum-book for ev'ry town,
And ev'ry post, and where the chaise broke down;
His stock, a few French phrases got by heart,
With much to learn, but nothing to impart.
The youth, obedient to his sire's commands,
Sets off a wand'rer into foreign lands.
Surpris'd at all they meet, the gosling pair,
With awkward gait, stretch'd neck, and silly stare,
Discover huge cathedrals built with stone,
And steeples tow'ring high much like our own;
But show peculiar light by many a grin
At popish practices observ'd within.
Ere long some bowing, smirking, smart abbé
Remarks two loit'rers, that have lost their way;
And being always prim'd with politesse
For men of their appearance and address,
With much compassion undertakes the task,
To tell them more than they have wit to ask;
Points to inscriptions wheresoe'er they tread,
Such as, when legible, were never read,
But, being canker'd now and half worn out,
Craze antiquarian brains with endless doubt;
Some headless hero, or some Cæsar shows
Defective only in his Roman nose;
Exhibits elevations, drawings, plans,
Models of Herculanean pots and pans;
And sells them medals, which, if neither rare
Nor ancient, will be so, preservd with care.
Strange the recital! from whatever cause
His great improvenient and new light he draws,
The squire, once bashful, is shamefac'd no more,
But teems with pow'rs he never felt before:
Whether increas'd momentum, and the force,
With which from clime to clime he sped his course,
(As axles sometimes kindle as they go)
Chaf'd him, and brought dull nature to a glow;
dle mhether clearer skies and softer air,
What make Italian flow'rs so sweet and fair,
Pet'wing his lazy spirits as be ran,
Twilded genially and spread the man;
keturning he proclaims by many a grace,
| iskungs and strange contortions of his face,
Ha puch a dunce, that has been sent to roam,
brek a dunce, that has been kept at home.
scomplishments have taken virtue's place,
kad visdom falls before exterior grace;
Ve slight the precious kernel of the stone,
bad töill to polish it's rough coat alone.
1 pet deportment, manners grac'd with ease,
digant phrase, and figure form’d to please,
de qualities, that seem to comprehend
katever parents, guardians, schools, intend;
Hace an unfurnish'd and a listless mind,
Though busy, trifling; empty, though refin'd;
Hince all that interferes, and dares to clash
With indolence and luxury, is trash:
me learning, once the man's exclusive pride,
kais verging fast towards the female side.
Learning itself, receiv'd into a mind
o'y mature weak, or viciously inclin'd,
Or whether clearer skies and softer air,
That make Italian flow'rs so sweet and fair,
Fresh’ning his lazy spirits as he ran,
Unfolded genially and spread the man;
Returning he proclaims by many a grace,
By shrugs and strange contortions of his face,
How much a dunce, that has been sent to roam,
Excels a dunce, that has been kept at home.
Accomplishments have taken virtue's place,
And wisdom falls before exterior grace;
We slight the precious kernel of the stone,
And toil to polish it's rough coat alone.
A just deportment, manners grac'd with ease,
Elegant phrase, and figure form’d to please,
Are qualities, that seem to comprehend
Whatever parents, guardians, schools, intend;
Hence an unfurnish'd and a listless mind,
Though busy, trifling; empty, though refin’d;
Hence all that interferes, and dares to clash
With indolence and luxury, is trash:
While learning, once the man's exclusive pride,
Seenis verging fast towards the female side.
Learning itself, receiv'd into a mind
By nature weak, or viciously inclin’d,
Serves but to lead philosophers astray,
Where children would with ease discern the way,
And of all arts sagacious dupes invent,
To cheat themselves and gain the world's assent,
The worst is - Scripture warp'd from it's intent.
The carriage bowls along, and all are pleas'd
If Tom be sober, and the wheels well greas'd;
But if the rogue have gone a cup too far,
Left out his linchpin, or forgot his tar,
It suffers interruption and delay,
And meets with hindrance in the smoothest way.
When some hypothesis absurd and vain
Has fill'd with all it's fumes a critic's brain, .
The text, that sorts not with his darling whim,
Though plain to others, is obscure to him.
The will made subject to a lawless force,
All is irregular and out of course;
And Judgment drunk, and brib'd to lose his way,
Winks hard, and talks of darkness at noonday.
A critic on the sacred book should be
Candid and learn'd, dispassionate and free:
Free from the wayward bias bigots feel,
From fancy's influence, and intemp’rate zeal:
At above all, for let the wretch refrain,
Se touch the page he cannot but profane)
Saw from the domineering pow'r of lust;
Hand interpreter is never just.
How shall I speak thee, or thy pow'r address,
Plan god of our idolatry, the Press?
| by the religion, liberty, and laws,
Bet their influence, and advance their cause;
by be worse plagues than Pharaoh's land befel,
Bituid, make Earth the vestibule of Hell;
Thou fountain, at which drink the good and wise
The ever-bubbling spring of endless lies;
Like Eden's dread probationary tree,
Lowledge of good and evil is from thee.
No wild enthusiast ever get could rest,
1 half mankind were like himself possess'd.
Pilosophers, who darken and put out
Biermal truth by everlasting doubt;
Uburch quacks, with passions under no command,
Who fill the world with doctrines contraband,
Discov'ters of they know not what, confin'd
Wihin no bounds—the blind that lead the blind;
To streams of popular opinion drawn,
Deposit in those shallows all their spawn.