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TIROCINIUM:

OR,

A REVIEW OF SCHOOLS.

Κεφαλαιον δη παιδειας ορθη τροφη.

PLATO. .

Αρχη πολιτειας απασης νέων τροφα.

Dioc. LAERT.

1

TO THE

REV. WILLIAM CAWTHORNE UNWIN,

RECTOR OF STOCK, IN ESSEX,

THE TUTOR OF HIS TWO SONS,

THE FOLLOWING

PO E M,

RECOMMENDING PRIVATE TUITION,

IN PREFERENCE TO

AN EDUCATION AT SCHOOL,

IS INSCRIBED,

BY HIS AFFECTIONATE FRIEND,

WILLIAM COWPER.

Olney, Nov. 6, 1784.

TIROCINIUM.

It is not from his form, in which we trace
Strength join'd with beauty, dignity with grace,
That man, the master of this globe, derives
His right of empire over all that lives.
That form indeed, th' associate of a mind
Vast in it's pow'rs, ethereal in it's kind,
That form, the labour of almighty skill,
Fram d for the service of a free-born will,
Asserts precedence, and bespeaks control,
But borrows all it's grandeur from the soul.
Hers is the state, the splendour, and the thronę
An intellectual kingdom, all her own.
For her the Mem'ry fills her ample page
With truths pour'd down from ev'ry distant age;
For her amasses an unbounded store,
The wisdom of great nations, now no more;

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