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C A P. X I. · Warrington Academy. ARK where its simple front yon mansion
rears, The nursery of men for future years! Here callow chiefs and embryo'statesmen lie, And unfledg'd poets short excursions try : While Mersey's gentle current, which too long By Fame neglected, and unknown to Song, Between his rushy banks, (no poet's theme) ... Had crept inglorious, like a vulgar stream, Reflects th' ascending seats with conscious pride, And dares to emulate a classic tide. Soft music breathes along each op'ning shade, And sooths the dashing of his rough cascade. With mystic lines his sands are figurd o'er, And circles trac'd upon the letter'd shore. Beneath his willows rove th' inquiring youth, . And court the fair majectic form of Truth. Here nature opens all her secret springs, . And heav'n-born science plumes her eagle-wings :' Too long had bigot Rage with malice swellid, Crush'd her strong pinions, and her flight with
held; Too long to check her ardent progress strove : So writhes the serpent round the bird of Jove , Hangs on her flight, restrains her tow'ring wing, Twists its dark folds, and points its venom'd sting. Yet still (if aught aright the muse divine) Her rising pride shall nock the vain design; On sounding pinions yet aloft shall soar, And thro’ the azure deep unravellid paths explore. Where Science smiles, the muses join the train; And gentlest arts and purest manners reign.
Ye generous youth, who love the studied shade! How rich a field is to your hopes display'd ! Knowledge to you unlocks the classic page ; And virtue blossoms for a better age.
Oh golden days! oh bright unvalued hours! What bliss (did ye but know that bliss) were
yours? With richest stores your glowing bosoms fraught, Perception quick, and luxury of thought; The high designs that heave the lab'ring soul, Panting for fame, impatient of controul: And fond enthusiastic thought that feeds On pictur'd tales of vast heroic deeds : And quick affections, kindling into Hame At virtue's, or their country's honour'd name: And spirits light, to every joy in tune; And Friendship, ardent as a summer's noon; And generous scorn of vice's venal tribe; And proud disdain of interest's sordid bribe; And conscious honour's quick instinctive sense; And smiles unforc'd and easy confidence, And vivid fancy; and clear simple truth; And all the mental bloom of vernal youth.
How bright the scene to fancy's eye appears, Thro' the long perspective of distant years ; When this, this little group their country calls From academic shade and learned halls, To fix her laws, her spirit to sustain , And light up glory thro' her wide domain! Their various tastes in different arts display'd, Like temper'd harmony of light and shade, With friendly union in one mass shall blend, And this adorn the state, and that defend, These the sequester'd shade shall cheaply please, With learned labour and inglorious ease : While those, impellid by some resistless force, O’er seas and rocks shall urge their vent'rous
course ; Rich fruits maturd by glowing suns behold, And china's groves of vegetable gold; From every land the various harvest spoil, And bear the tribute to their native soil : But tell each land (while every toil they share , Firm to sustain , and resolute to dare ,) Man is the nobler growth our realms supply,
And Souls are ripen'd in our northern sky.
Some pensive creep along the shelly shore, Unfold the silky texture of a flower, With sharpen's eyes inspect an hornet's sting, And all the wonders of an insect's wing., Some trace with curions search the hidden cause Of Nature's changes, and her various laws: Untwist her beauteous web, disrobe her charms, And hunt her to her elemental forms: Or prove what hidden powers in herbs are found To quench disease, and cool the burning wound; With cordial drops the fainting head sustain, Call back the flitting soul, and still the throbs of
pain. The patriot passion that shall strongly feel, Ardent and glowing with undaunted zeal; With lips of fire shall plead his country's cause, And vindicate the majesty of laws. This, cloth'd with Britain's thunder, spread alarms Thro' the wide earth, and shake the pole with arms.. That, to the sounding lyre, his deeds rehearse, . Enshrine his name in some immortal verse : To long posterity his praise consign, And pay a life of hardships by a line.. While others, consecrate to higher aims, Whose hallow'd bosoms glow with purer flames , Love in their heart, persuasion in their tongue, With words of peace shall charm the list'ning
throng, Draw the dread veil that wraps th'eternal throne, And launch our souls into the bright unknown.
Taou, the Nymph with placid eye!
Receive my temperate vow;
Can e'er disturb thy halcyon soul,
And smooth unalter'd brow.
To bless my longing sight;
And chaste súbdu'd delight.
To find thy hermit cell ;
The modest virtues dwell.
And clear undaunted eye;
A vista to the sky.
That rarely ebb or flow;
To meet the offer'd blow.
With settled smiles to meet;
And kiss'd thy sainted feet.
To tell thy tender tale ?
And lily of the vale..
O say what soft propitious hour
And court thy gentle sway?
And shed thy milder day.
And every storm is laid;
Ode to Fear.
I hou, to whom the world unknown With all its shadowy shapes is shown; Who seest appaļld th' unreal scene, While Fancy lifts the veil between:
Ah Fear ! ah frantic Fear!
I see, I see thee near.