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Maintains its hold with such unfailing sway,
And destines their bright genius to be shown
The great, indeed, by titles, riches, birth, Excus'd th' incumbrance of more solid worth, Are best dispos’d of where with most success They may acquire that confident address, Those habits of profuse and lewd expense, That scorn of all delights but those of sense, Which, though in plain plebeians we condemn, With so much reason all expect from them.
But families of less illustrious fame,
Whose chief distinction is their spotless name,
Whose heirs, their honours none, their income
Must shine by true desert, or none at all
upon the parlour broom,
foresees, A public school shall bring to pass with ease.
But how! resides such virtue in that air
As must create an appetite for pray’r?
And will it breathe into him all the zeal
That candidates for such a prize should feel,
To take the lead and be the foremost still
In all true worth and literary skill?
Ah, blind to bright futurity, untaught “ The knowledge of the world, and dull of thought! “ Church-ladders are not always mounted best
By learned clerks and Latinists profess'd. “ Th' exalted prize demands an upward look, “ Not to be found by poring on a book. “ Small skill in Latin, and still less in Greek, “ Is more than adequate to all I seek. “ Let erudition grace him or not grace, “ I give the bauble but the second place; “ His wealth, fame, honours, all that I intend, “ Subsist and centre in one point-a friend! “ A friend, whate'er he studies or neglects, “ Shall give him consequence, heal all defects.
“ His intercourse with peers, and sons of peers“ There dawns the splendour of his future years; “ In that bright quarter his propitious skies “ Shall blush betimes, and there his glory rise. “ Your Lordship, and Your Grace! what school
“ can teach
“ A rhet'ric equal to those parts of speech? • What need of Homer's verse or Tully’s prose, » Sweet interjections! if he learn but those? ** Let rev’rend churls his ignorance rebuke, * Who starve upon a dog's-ear’d Pentateuch,
The parson knows enough who knows a duke."Egregious purpose! worthily begun In barb'rous prostitution of your son; Press'd on his part by means that would disgrace A scriv'ner's clerk or footman out of place, And ending, if at last its end be gain’d, In sacrilege, in God's own house profan’d! It may succeed, and, if his sins should call For more than common punishment, it shall;