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Bright Rapture calls, and, soaring as she sings, Waves in the eye of Heav'n her many-colour'd
* The verse adorn again
Fierce War, and faithful Love,*
In buskin'd measures movet
A voice, as of the Cherub-Choir,
That lost in long futurity expire.
cloud, Rais'd by thy breath, has quench'd the orb of day? To-morrow he repairs the golden flood,
And warms the nations with redoubled ray. Enough for me: with joy I see
The clifferent doom our fates assign. Be thine Despair, and sceptred Care,
To triumph, and to die, are mine.' He spoke; and headlong from the mountain's height Deep in the roaring tide he plung’d to endless night.
• Fierce wars and faithful loves shall moralize my song.
Spenser's Proem to the Fairy Queen. + Shakspeare.
*TIENCE, avaunt, ('tis holy ground)
Comus, and his midnight-crew, And Ignorance with looks profound,
And dreaming Sloth of pallid hue Mad Scdition's cry profane, Servitude that hugs her chain, Nor in these consecrated bowers [Mowers. Let painted Flattery hide her serpent train in
* Nor Envy base, nor creeping Gain,
From yonder realms of empyrean day
Bursts on my ear the indignant lay : There sit the sainted Sage, the bard divine,
The few, whom Genius gave to shine
Rapt in celestial transport they :
• This Ode was performed in the Senate-House at Cambridge, July 1, 1700, at the Installation of his Grace Augustus Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, Chancellor of the University. It is here printed with the divisions adopted by the composer, Dr. Mandall, tben professor of music at Cambridge.
To bless the place where on their opening soul
First the genuine ardour stole : 'Twas Milton struck the deep-ton'd shell, And, as the choral warblings round bim swell, Meek Newton's self bends from his state sublime, And nodsh is hoary hi ad, and listens to the rhyme.
"Ye brown o'er-arching groves,
That Contemplation loves,
Oft at the blush of dawn
I trod your level lawn, Oft woo’d the gleam of Cynthia silver-bright: In cloisters dim, far from the haunts of Folly, With Freedom by my side, and soft-ey'd Melan
But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth
With solemn steps and slow,
From haughty Gallia torn,
* Edward the Third, who added the fleur de lys 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 Pembrieke, wa slain at a tournament on the day of his nuptials. She was the folies of Peinbroke College or Hall, under the name of Aula Mana de Valentia,
That wept her bleeding love, and princely Clare,
And either Henry there ; #
That broke the bonds of Rome.
Their human passions now no more,
And thus they speak in soft accord
• Elizabeth de Burg, Countess of Clare, was wife of John de Burg, son and heir of the carl of Ulster, and daughter of Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Ed. ward 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'. College.
Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward the Fourth, hener called the paler rore, 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.
Sweet is the breath of vernal showem.
Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
The venerable Margaret see !*
To this, thy kindred train, and me :
• Thy liberal heart, thy judging eye,
• Lo, Granta waits to lead her blooming band,
Not obvious, not obtrusive, she
Nor dares with courtly tongue refin'd
She reveres herself and thee.
• Countess of Richmond and Derby : the mother of llenry 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 claima descent from both thesc families.