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And wisely learn to curb thy sorrows wild;
ANNO ÆTATIS 19.
At a VACATION EXERCISE in the COLLEGE, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began.
HAIL, native Language, that by sinews weak
5 dumb silence] Nonni Dionys. xv. 10. ȧpwvýτw σlwπñ. Chapman's Homer's Il. p. 98, 'Dumb silence seiz'd them all.' Daniel's Poems, ii. 236. Wishart's Immanuel, p. 66. Syl
vester's Du Bartas, p. 5. Cotton's Poems, p. 239. per muta silentia silvæ.'
England's Helicon, p. 259. C. Buchanan. Sylv. p. 310, tacitæ
Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
The daintiest dishes shall be serv'd up last.
pray For this same small neglect that I have made: But haste thee straight to do me once a pleasure, And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure, Not those new fangled toys, and trimming slight Which takes our late fantastics with delight, But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire Which deepest spirits, and choicest wits desire: I have some naked thoughts that rove about, And loudly knock to have their passage out; And weary of their place do only stay Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array; That so they may without suspect or fears Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears; Yet I had rather, if I were to choose, Thy service in some graver subject use,
Such as may make thee search thy coffers round,
graver] An anticipation of the subject of Par. Lost, if we substitute Christian for Pagan ideas. Warton.
How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,
To th' touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
But fie, my wand'ring Muse, how thou dost stray! Expectance calls thee now another way,
Thou know'st it must be now thy only bent 55 To keep in compass of thy predicament:
36 thunderous] Jortin proposed thunderer's throne;' but see P. L. x. 702, thunderous clouds ;' and Sylvester's Du Rushing with thundrous roar.'
Bartas, p. 420.
Warton and Todd.
37 unshorn] Hor. Od. i. xxi. 2.
'Intonsum, pueri, dicite
Cynthium.' And Pind. Pyth. Od. iii. 26. Newton.
Ov. Art. Am. iii. 463.
'Vigil flamma.' Trist. iii. v. 4. Warton.
52 sweet] Tasso, Gier. Lib. c. vi. st. 84. Giogo di servitu dolce e leggiero.' Du Bartas, p. 997. of my captivitie. Warton and Todd.
'The willing chains
Then quick about thy purpos'd business come,
Then ENS is represented as father of the Predicaments his ten sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which ENS, thus speaking, explains.
Good luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth
A Sibyl old, bow-bent with crooked age,
Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing.
And peace shall lull him in her flow'ry lap;
What pow'r, what force, what mighty spell, if not Your learned hands, can loose this Gordian knot?.
The next QUANTITY and QUALITY spake in prose; then RELATION was called by his
RIVERS, arise; whether thou be the son
Of utmost Tweed, or Oose, or gulphy Dun,
Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythian's name, Or Medway smooth, or royal tower'd Thame. 100
[The rest was prose.]
94 indented] Sylvester's Du Bartas, D. iii. W. 1. 'Our silver Medway which doth deepe indent
The flowerie meadowes of my native Kent.' Warton. 98 hullow'd] holy Dee.' Randolph's Poems, p. 48, ed. 1640. Todd.