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ODE ON THE SPRING. Lo! where the rosy-bosom'd Hours,
Fair Venus' train appear,
And wake the purple year!
The untaught harmony of Spring : While, whispering pleasure as they fly, Cool Zephyrs through the clear blue sky
Their gather'd fragrance fling.
Where'er the oak's thick branches stretch
A broader, browner shade;
O’er-canopies the glade,
(At ease reclind in rustic state) How vain the ardour of the crowd, How low, how little are the proud,
How indigent the great!
Still is the toiling hand of Care :
The panting herds repose :
The busy murmur glows!
And float amid the liquid noon :
Quick-glancing to the Sun.
To Contemplation's sober eye
Such is the race of man :
Shall end where they began.
In Fortune's varying colours drest :
They leave in dust to rest.
Methinks I hear in accents low
The sportive kind reply;
A solitary fly !
No painted plumage to display :
We frolic while 't is May.”
ODE FOR MUSIC.
PERFORMED IN THE SENATE-HOUSE AT CAMBRIDGE,
JULY 1. 1769, AT THE INSTALLATION OF HIS GRACE AUGUSTUS-HENRY-FITZROY, DUKE OF GRAPTON, CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY.
“ HENCE, avaunt, ('t is holy ground,)
Comus and his midnight-crew, And Ignorance with looks profound,
And dreaming Sloth of pallid hue,
Mad Sedition's cry profane,
From yonder realms of empyrean day Bursts on my ear th' indignant lay: There sit the sainted sage, the bard divine, The few, whom genius gave to shine Through every unborn age and undiscover'd clime. Rapt in celestial transport they, Yet hither oft a glance from high • They send of tender sympathy To bless the place, where on their opening soul First the genuine ardour stole. ’T was Milton struck the deep-ton'd shell, And, as the choral warblings round him swell, Meek Newton's self bends from his state sublime, And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme.
“ Ye brown o'er-arching groves,
But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth
With solemn steps and slow,
And mitred fathers in long order go :
* Edward the Third; who added the fleur-delis of France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity College.
+ Mary de Valentia, Countess of Pembroke, daughter of Guy de Chatillon, Comte de St. Paul in France: of whom tradition says, that her hus. band, Audemar de Valentia, Earl of Pembroke, was slain at a tournament on the day of his nuptials. She was the foundress of Pembroke College or Hall, under the name of Aula Mariæ de Valentia.
# Elizabeth de Burg, Countess of Clare, was wife of John de Burg, son and heir of the Earl of Ulster, and daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Edward the First. Hence the poet gives her the epithet of princely. She founded Clare-Hall.
§ Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry the Sixth, foundress of Queen's College.
|| Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward the Fourth (hence called the paler rose, as being of the house of York). She added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou.
Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity College.
The murder'd saint, and the majestic lord,
• What is grandeur, what is power ?
Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
* Countess of Richmond and Derby ; the mother of Henry the Seventh, foundress of St. John's and Christ's Colleges.
+ The Countess was a Beaufort, and married to a Tudor; hence the application of this line to the Duke of Grafton, who claims descent from both these families.