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Peace to them all! those brilliant times are fled, And no such lights are kindling in their stead. Our striplings shine indeed, but with such rays, As set the midnight riot in a blaze;. ., And seem, if judged by their expressive looks, Deeper in none than in their surgeons' books.

Say muse, (for education made the song, No muse can hesitate or linger long) What causes move us, knowing as we must, That these menageries all fail their trust, To send our sons to scout and scamper there, While colts and puppies cost us so much care ?

Be it a weakness, it deserves some praise, We love the play-place of our early days; '; The scene is touching, and the heart is stone, That feels not at that sight, and feels at none. The wall on which we tried our graving skill, The very naine we carved subsisting still; i The bench on which we sat while deep employed, Tho' mangled, hacked,and hewėd, not yet destroyed: The little ones, unbuttoned, glowing hot, Playing our games, and on the very spot; As happy as we once, to kneel and draw The chalky ring, and knuckle down at taw; ;, To pitch the ball into the grounded hat, Or drive it devious with a dexterous pat; The pleasing spectacle at once excites Such recollection of our own delights, That, viewing it, we seeni almost to obtain .. Our innocent sweer simple years again.

This fond attachment to the well-known place,
Whence first we started into life's long race,
Maintains its hold with such unfailing sway,
We feel it ev’n in age, and at our latest day.
Hark! how the sire of chits, whose future share
Of classic food begins to be his care,.. .
With bis own likeness placed on either knee,
Indulges all a father's heart-felt glee;
And tells them, as he strokes their silver locks,
That they must soon learn Latin, and to box; ;
Then turning he regales his distening wife i .
With all the adventures of his early life;
His skill in coachmanship, or in driving chaise,
In bilking tavern bills, and spouting plays;
What shifts he used, detected in a scrape,
How he was flogged, or bad the lack to escape;
What sums he lost at play, and how he sold
Watch, seals, and all-till all his pranks are told.
Retracing thus bis frolics, ('tis a name
That palliates deeds of folly and of shame)
He gives the local bias all its sway; .
Resolves that where he played his sons shall play,
And destines their bright genius to be shown. ,,
Just in the scene, where he displayed his own..
The meek and bashful boy will soon be taught,',
To be as bold and forward as he ought;. .
The rude will scuffle through with ease enough,
Great schools suit best the sturdy and the rouglo
Ah happy designation, prudent choice, .
The event is sure; expect it, and rejoice!

Soon see your wish fulfilled in either child,
The pert made perter, and the tame made wild.

The great indeed, by titles, riches, birth,
Excused the incumbrance of more solid worth,
Are best disposed of wheie with most success;
They may acquire that confident address,
Those babits of profuse and lewd expense,
That scorn of all delights but those of sense,
Which, though in plain plebeians we condemn,
With so much reason all expect from them.
But families of less illustrious fame,
Whose chief distinction is their spotless name,
Whose heirs, their honours none, their income small,,
Must shine by true desert, or not at all,
What dream they of, that with so little care
They risk their hopes, their dearest treasure, there?
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With wig prolix, down flowing to his waist;
They see the attentive crowds his talents draw,
They hear him speak--the oracle of law.
The father, who designs his babe a priest,"
Dreams him episcopally such at least;
And, while the playful jockey scours the room
Briskly, astride upon the parlour broom,
In fancy sees him more surperbly ride
In coach with purple lined and mitres on its side:
Events improbable and strange as these,
Which only a parental eye foresees,
A public school shall bring to pass with ease.

But how? resides such virtue in that air, As must create an appetite for prayer? And will it breathe into him all the zeal, That candidates for such a prize should fect, To take the lead and be the foremost still .. In all true worth and literary skill? “Ah blind to bright futurity, uptaught " The knowledge of the world, and dull of thought! Church ladders are not always mounted best By learned clerks and Latinists, professed. ; “ The exalted prize demands an upward look, “ Not to be found by poring on a book... “ Small skill in Latin, and still less in Greek, " Is more than adequate to all I seek. “Let erudition grace him or not grace, a "I give the bauble but the second place; in

h umvuin, un put a suiciu, “Subsist and centre in one point-a friend. : “ A friend, whate'er he studies or neglects, . “Shall give him consequence, heal all defects. “ His intercourse with peers and sons of peers: “ There dawns the splendour of his future years; “In that bright quarter his propitious skies , “Shall blush betimes, and there his glory rise.. Your Lordship, and Your Grace! what school can “ A rhetoric equal to those parts of speech? (teach " What need of Homer's verse or Tully's prose,

Sweet interjections! if he learn but those? .' "Let reverend churls his ignorance rebuke, i “ Who starve upon a dog's-eared Pentateuch, “ The parson knows enough, who knowsa duke;"), Egregious purpose! worthily begun c i · In barbarous prostitution of your son; Pressed on his part by means, that would disgrace A scrivener's clerk or footman out of place, And ending, if at last its end be gained, In sacrilege, in God's own house profaned. It may succeed; and, if his sios should call For more than common punishment, it shall; The wretch shall rise, and be the thing on earth Least qualified in honour, learning, worth, To occupy a sacred, awful post, In which the best and worthiest tremble. most. The royal letters are a thing of course, A king, that would, might recommend his horse; And deans, no doubt, and chapters, with one voice, As bound in duty, would confirm the choice. . Behold your bishop! well he plays his part, Christian in name, and infidel in heart, Ghostly in office, earthly in his plan, A slave at court, elsewhere a lady's inan.. Dumb as a senator, and as a priest A piece of mere church-furniture at best; To live estranged from God his total scope, And his end sure, without one glimpse of hope. But fair although and feasible it seem, Depend not much upon your golden dream; . For providence, that seems concerned to exempt The hallowed bench from absolute contempt, In spite of all the wrigglers into place, Still keeps a seat or two for worth and grace;

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