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To teach his heart to glow with generous flame,
Caught from the deeds of men of ancient fame:
And, more than all, with commendation due
To set some living worthy in his view,
Whose fair example may at once inspire
A wish to copy what he must admire.
Such knowledge gained betimes, and which ap
. pears, Though solid, not too weighty for his years. Sweet in itself, and not forbidding sport, When health demands it, of athletic soft, [been, Would make him—what some lovely boys have And more than one perhaps that I have seen— An evidence and reprehension both Of the mere school boy's lean and tardy growth.
Art thou a man professionally tipd, Witrrau my rauuutcs elsewhere applied, Too busy t^. Intend a meaner care Than bow to enrich thyself, and next thine heir; Or art thou (as though rich, perhaps thou art) But poor'in knowledge, having none to impart :— Behold that figure, neat, though plainly clad; His sprightly mingled with a shade of sad; Not of a 'nimble tongue, though now and then Heard to articulate like other men; - '. No jester, arid yet lively in discourse, His phrase well chosen, clear and full of force; And his address, if not quite French in ease, Not English stiff, but frank, and formed to please; Low in'the world, because he scorns its arts; A man of letters, manners, morals, parts;
Unpatrorrized, and therefore little known?
"Wise for himself and his few friends alone—
Iu him thy well-appointed proXy see,
Armed for a work too difficult for thee;
Prepared by taste, by teaming, and true worth,
To form thy son, to strike his genius forth;
Beneath thy roof, beneath thine eye, to prove
The force of discipline when backed by love>
To doable all thy pleasure in thy child,
His mind informed, his morals undefiled.
Safe under such a wing, the boy shall show
No spots contracted among grooms below,
Nor taint his speech with meannesses, 'designed
By footman Tom for witty and refined.
TWe■ iu Kis commerce with the liveried herd,
Lurks the rohfsEinn chiefly to be feared;
For since '(so fashion dictate*) <,«, wiiouaitn
An higher than a mere plebeian famei
Find St expedient, come what mischief may,
To entertain a thief or two in pay,
.(And they that can afford the expense of more.,.
Some half ti dozen, and some half a score)
Great cdnseoccurs to save him from a band
So sure to spoil him, and so near at hand)
A point secured, if once he be supplied'
With some such Mentor always at his side.
AresTtchmeh rare? perhaps they would abound
Were occupation easier to be found,
Were education, else so sure to f*%. •'•
©cndECted 011 a manageable scale,:
And schools Chat have out-lived nil just esteem,
Exchanged for the secure domestic scheme.—
.But, having found him, be thou duke or carl,
She* thoiQ hast sense enough to prize Hie pearl.
And, as thou wouMst the advaircemen t of thine heir
In all good faculties beneath his care,
Uespect as is but rational and just,
A man deemed worthy <>f so dear a trust.
Demised by thee, what more can he expect
From youthful folly than the same neglect?
A flat and fatal negative obtains
That instant upon all his future pains;
His lessons tire, his mild rebukes offend,
And all the instructions of thy son's best friend
Are a stream choaked, or trickling to no end.
Doom him not then to solitary meals;
But recollect that he has sense, and feels;
And. that, possessor of a soul refined,
An upright heart, 'and cultivated mind,
His post not mean, bis talents not unknown,
He dedms it hard to vegetate alone.
And, if admitted at thy board he sit,
Account him no just mark for idle wit;
Offend not him, whom modesty resttaina
From repartee, with jokes that he disdains;
Much less transfix his feelings With an oath;
Nor frown, unless he vanish with the cloth.*—
And, trust me, his utility may reach
To more than fee is hired or bound to tefldi;
Much trash unuttered, and some ills undone,
Through reverence of the censor of thy son.
But, if thy table be indeed unclean.
Foul with excess, and with discourse obscene,
And thou a wretch, whom, following her old plan,
The world accounts an honourable man,
Because forsooth thy courage has been tried
And stood the test, perhaps on the wrong sidei
Though thou hadst never grace enough to prove
That any thing but vice could win thy love;—
Or hast thou a polite, card-piaying wife,'
Chained to the routs that she frequents for life;
Who, just when industry begins to snore,
Flies, winged with joy, to some coach-crowded door;
And thrice in every winter throngs thine owu
With half the chariots and sedans in town,
Thyself meanwhile e'en shifting as thou mayest;
Not very sober though, nor very chaste;—
Or is thine house, though less superb thy rank,
If not a scene of pleasure, a mere blank,
And thou at best, and in thy soberest mood,
A trifler vain, and empty of all good;
Though mercy for. thyself, thou canst have none,
Hear nature plead, show mercy to thy son.
Saved fromhis home, where every day brings forth
Some mischief fatal to his future worth,
Find him a better in a distant spot,
Within some pious pastor's humble cot,
Where vile example (yours I chiefly mean.
The most seducing and the oftenest seen)
May never more be stamped upon his breast,
Not yet perhaps incurably impressed.
Where early rest makes early rising sure,
Disease or comes not, or finds easy cure,
Prevented much by diet neat and plain i
Or,.if it enter, soon starved out again:
Where all the attention of his faithful host,
Discreetly limited to two at most,
May raise such fruits as shall reward his care,
And not at last evaporate in air:
Where, stillness aiding study, and his mind
Serene, and to his duties much inclined,
Not occupied in day-dreams, as at home,
Of pleasures past, or follies yet to come,
His virtuous toil may terminate at last
In settled habit and decided taste.—
But whom do I r.lvise? the fashion led,
The incorrigibly wrong, the deaf, the dead,
Whom care and cool deliberation suit
Not better much than spectacles a brute;
Who, if their sons some slight tuition share,
Deem it of no great moment whose, or where;
Too proud to adopt the thoughts of one unknown,
And much too gay to have any of their own.
But courage, man! me thought the muse replied,
Mankind are various, and the world is wide:
The ostrich, silliest of the feathered kind„ .. .
And formed of God without a parent's mind,
Commits her eggs, incautious, to the dust, (r
Forgetful that the foot may crush the trustj