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And wisely learn to curb thy sorrows wild ;
This if thou do, he will an offspring give
to live. *
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. åpwvýtw owTŤ. 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. England's Helicon, p. 259. C. Cotton's Poems, p. 239. Buchanan. Sylv. p. 310, “tacitæ per muta silentia silvæ.'
Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
last. I pray
thee then deny me not thy aid 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, Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound: Such where the deep transported mind may soar Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav'n's door Look in, and see each blissful Deity
30 graver] An anticipation of the subject of Par. Lost, if we substitute Christian for Pagan ideas. Warton.
Then quick about thy purpos'd business come,
Then Ens is represented as father of the Pre
dicaments his ten sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ens,
thus speaking, explains.