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His Memoirs, interspersed with Original Anecdotes, were published in 1813, by Alexander Stephens, Esq. But we have been occupied a long while on subjects serious and multifarious, and to me, on several accounts, they are become affecting: so, if the reader's head does
not ache, mine does. Satisodiu-hoc jam Saxum volvo.
I have, then, reserved another poet's corner—which may amuse us for a moment ; and yonder are walks, and groves, and gardens, into which we have not as yet walked. ... . . . O dulces lachryma, ques mollia pectora pascit Sanctus amor, cellis dulcio, Hybia, tuis. Quis credat? Praeter solitum mihi dulcis amaror
Et sapit, et dulci est parta labore quies.
To our poetical writers already mentioned, may be
added, Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, Earl of Dorset; Edward Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford; Mr. Thomas Nash; the unfortunate Mr. Thomas Otway, the writer of tragedies; Mr. William Mason, and Mr./Henry Kirke White: I could also mention one of my own early friends, who touched the true lyric strings, and his name too was Collins;–but, leaving college, he abandoned poetry, for pursuits which more interested him, and now both as to poetry and preaching—lingua silet. With respect to the building, and groves, and gardens, about this college, I am reminded, by the writings of Mr. Cole, “that in the time of Dr. Powel, Feb. 1773, the college had agreed to set about two expensive works; the new casing of the first court with stone, and laying out their gardens, under the direction of the celebrated Mr. Brown, who told them, that “heir plan woul." "ost them at least 800l. and that Dr. Powel said, if they thought proper to apply and open a subscription, he would begin it, and set it a-going with a donation of 500l. and that accordingly he subscribed that sum immediately *.” I suppose, therefore, we may behold the fruits of this subscription on the southern side of the first court, which is the only part that was new cased, and the gardens, groves, and other improvements about this college. * – After contemplating the Gothic, lofty air of the middle court, and, by help of Mr. Gray's muse,
Foremost and bending from her golden throne,
I would direct my traveller by what is called the Water Staircase to the back part of the college. I have indeed already observed, that Cam moves, not over-graciously, directly under those walls; but we cannot alter his course: so, passing over yon elegant stone bridge, you may be pleased, in ranging down those winding walks, which so agreeably skirt the Cam, or those long straight walks, adorned with lofty elms, conducting to the fellows' garden. Here you may rest yourself, and take out your Mason, and amuse yourself with his English Garden; or you may see the fellows play at bowls, and then, proceeding to the western side of the road, be gratified with the new plantations made by the Society; and taking in your view the whole extent of buildings and grounds, you will find something has been done here—you will behold nothing, indeed, but what is natural to the place—nothing but what is well adapted to the outlet of a majestic college of students—and you should not look for more, but go away satisfied with D’Ermenonville's Reflection—“ It is not then as an architect or a gardener, but as a poet, a painter, that landscape must be composed, so as at once to please the understanding and the eye".” But before our traveller quite leaves this college, he should be introduced to two persons distinguished both as statesmen and as writers: they ought to have been introduced before. But I find (I speak on the authority of Mr. Robert Smyth's MS.) that Dudley Lord North, Knight of the Bath, author of Essays on Religious Subjects, in Prose and Verse; and Francis Lord Guildford, Lord Keeper, one of his sons, and very eminent in the profession of the law, and, hesides what he wrote relating to his own profession, author of a paper on the Gravitation of Fluids, contained in the Bladders of Fishes, and a
* See the extract in Nichols's Anecdotes of Literature, vol. i. p. 576.
Philosophical Essay on Music, were both of this college. ,
The former died in 1677, the latter in 1685.
. . • Essay on Landscape.
WE have here an instance presented to us, of transformation on transformation,
In mova fert animas mutatas dicere formas
This is the only college on the north side of the Cam.
In former times there was, in this place, an hostle, or hall,
of different fraternities of monks, of the Benedictine order, who, coming from the once celebrated monasteries of Ely, Ramsey, and Walden, were united for literary purposes, by the authority of Pope Benedict IX. in 1130.
Before this it had been a religious house, under the name
of the priory of St. Giles's, but whose canons went, under the patronage of Pagan Peveral, baron of Brune, in the name of Barnewell Priory. This occurrence is dated by Caius li12. ... ." . ... . . . . . . . . .
ostles were afterwards bought by Edward Staf.
ford, Duke of Buckingham, who began to form here a plan of a more regular college, which, though it was not completed, nor endowed by him, was called after him, as the original founder, Buckingham College, or Hall. This Edward was the eldest son of Henry, Duke of
Buckingham, who had been attainted by Richard III.