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ODE ON THE SPRING.
Lo! where the rosy-bosom'd Hours,
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
Beside some water's rushy brink
How indigent the great!
Still is the toiling hand of Care:
And float amid the liquid noon :
To Contemplation's sober eye
And they that creep, and they that fly,
In Fortune's varying colours drest:
Methinks I hear in accents low
"Poor moralist! and what art thou?
Thy joys no glittering female meets,
No painted plumage to display:
“HENCE, avaunt, ('t is holy ground,)
ODE FOR MUSIC.
PERFORMED IN THE SENATE-HOUSE AT CAMBRIDGE, JULY 1. 1769, AT THE INSTALLATION OF HIS GRACE AUGUSTUS-HENRY-FITZROY, DUKE OF GRAFTON, CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY.
Mad Sedition's cry profane,
Servitude that hugs her chain,
Nor in these consecrated bowers
Let painted Flattery hide her serpent-train in flowers.
Dare the Muse's walk to stain,
From yonder realms of empyrean day
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
'T was Milton struck the deep-ton'd shell,
"Ye brown o'er-arching groves,
That Contemplation loves,
Where willowy Camus lingers with delight!
I trod your level lawn,
Oft woo'd the gleam of Cynthia silver-bright
But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth
High potentates and dames of royal birth,
And mitred fathers in long order go: Great Edward *, with the lilies on his brow, From haughty Gallia torn,
And sad Chatillon †, on her bridal morn
That wept her bleeding love, and princely Clare ‡,
* 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 husband, 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,
(Their tears, their little triumphs o'er,
And bade these aweful fanes and turrets rise,
The liquid language of the skies.
"What is grandeur, what is power?
Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
Pleas'd in thy lineaments we trace
* 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.