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Be it a weakness, it deserves fome praise, We love the play-place of our early days ; The scene is touching, and the heart is stone That feels not at that fight, and feels at none. The wall on which we tried our graving skill, The very name we carv'd fubfifting still, The bench on which we fat while deep em
ploy'd, Though mangled, hack'd, and hew'd, not yet de
With his own likeness plac'd on either knee,
play, And destines their bright genius to be shown Just in the scene where he display'd his own. The meek and bashful boy will soon be taught To be as bold and forward as he ought, The rude will scuffle through with ease enough, Great schools suit best the sturdy and the rough. Ah happy defignation, prudent choice, Th’event is fure, expect it and rejoice! Soon see your with fulfill'd in either child, The pert made perter, and the tame made wild.
The great indeed, by titles, riches, birth, Excus'd th' incumbrance of more folid worth, Are best dispos’d of, where with most success They may acquire that confident address, Those habits of profuse and lewd expence, 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 lefs illustrious fame, Whose chief distinction is their spotless name, Whose heirs, their honours none, their income
small, Must shine by true desert, or not at all, What dream they of, that with so little care They risk their hopes, their dearest treasure
there? They dream of little Charles or William grac'd With wig prolix, down-flowing to his waist, They see th' attentive crowds his talents draw, They hear him fpeak—the oracle of law. The father who designs his babe a priest, Dreains him episcopally such at least, And while the playful jockey scours the room Briskly, aftride upon the parlour broom, In fancy sees him more superbly ride In coach with purple lin'd, and mitres on its fide.
Events improbable and strange as these,
" thought !
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 lefs in Greek, • Is more than adequate to all I seek; « Let erudition grace
him or not grace, • I give the bawble but the second place, · His wealth, faine, honours, all that I intend, « Sublist and center in one point~a friend. • A friend, whate'er he studies or neglects,
Shall give him confequence, heal all defects, · His intercourse with peers, and sons of peersThere dawns the splendour of his future years, In that bright quarter his propitious Ikies
Shall blush betimes, and there his glory rise. • Your Lordship and your Grace ! what school can
o teach • A rhetric equal to those parts of speech? « What need of Homer's verse or Tully's profe,
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 fcriv'ner's clerk or footman out of place, And ending, if at last its end be gain’d, In facrilege, in God's own house profan'd. It may succeed ; and if his fins should call For more than common punishment, it fhall ; The wretch shall rise, and be the thing on earth Least qualified in honour, learning, worth, To occupy a facred, awful post, In which the best and worthiest tremble moft. The royal letters are a thing of course, A king that would, might recommend his horse, And Deans, no doubt, and Chapters, with one
voice, As bound in duty, would confirm the choice. VOL. II.