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Performed in the Senate House at Cambridge, July 1, 1769,

at the Installation of the Duke of Grafton, as Chancellor of the University.


Hence, avaunt, ('tis holy ground)

Comus, and bis midnight-crew,
And Ignorance with looks profound,

And dreaming Sloth of pallid hue, Mad Sedition's cry profane, Servitude that bugs her chain, Nor in these consecrated bowers Let painted Flatt'ry hide her serpent-train in flowers. Nor Envy base, nor creeping Gain, Dare the Muse's walk to stain, While bright-eyed Science watches round: Hence, away, 'tis holy ground !"

From yonder realms of empyrean day
Bursts on my ear th' indignant lay:

There sit the sainted sage, the bard divine,

The few, whom genius gave to shine
Through every unborn age, and undiscover'd clime.

Rapt în celestial transport they;
Yet bither oft a glance from high

They send of tender sympathy
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 him swell,
Meck Newton's self bends from his state sublime,
And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme.


“Ye brown o'er-arching groves,

That contemplation loves,
Where willowy Camus lingers with delight!

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-eyed Melan



But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth

With solemn steps and slow,
High potentates, and dames of royal birth,
And mitred fathers in long order go:

Great Edward, with the lillies on his brow

From haughty Gallia torn, And sad Chatillon, on her bridal morn That wept her bleeding Love, and princely Clare, And Anjou's heroine, and the paler rose, The rival of her crown and of her woes,

And either Henry there,

Ver. 39. Great Edward, with the lillies on his brow] Edward the Third, who added the fleur de lys of France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity College.

Ver. 41. And sad Chatillon, on her bridal morn] 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 Pembroke, was slain at a tournament on the day of his nuptials. She was the foundress of Pembroke College or Hall, under the name of Aula Mariæ de Valentia.

Ver. 42. That wept her bleeding Love, and princely Clare) Elizabeth de Burg, countess of Clare, was wife of John de Burg, son and heir of the earl of Ulster, and daughter of Gilbort de Clare, earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Edward the First. Hence the poet gives her the epithet of princely. She founded Clare Hall.

Ver. 43. And Anjou's heroine, and the paler rose) Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry the Sixth, foundress of Queen's College. The poet has celebrated her conjugal fidelity in • The Bard,' epode 2d, line 13th.

Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward the Fourth, hence called the paler rose, as being of the house of York. She added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou.

Ver. 45. And either Henry there] Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity College.

The murder'd saint, and the majestic lord,

That broke the bonds of Rome.
(Their tears, their little triumphs o'er,

Their human passions now no more,
Save Charity, that glows beyond the tomb.)

All that on Granta's fruitful plain

Rich streams of regal bounty pour'd,
And bad these awful lanes and turrets rise,
To hail their Fitzroy's festal morning come;

And thus they speak in soft accord
The liquid language of the skies:

“What is grandeur, what is power?
Heavier toil, superior pain.
What the bright reward we gain?
The grateful memory of the good.
Sweet is the breath of vernal shower,
The bee's collected treasures sweet,
Sweet music's melting fall, but sweeter yet
The still small voice of gratitude.”

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Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud

The vencrable Marg'ret see!
“Welcome, my noble son, (she cries aloud)

To this, thy kindred train, and me:

Ver. 66. The venerable Marg’ret see] Countess of Richmond and Derby; the mother of Henry the Seventh, foundress of St. John's and Christ's Colleges.

Pleas’d in thy lineaments we trace
A Tudor's fire, a Beaufort's grace.
Thy liberal heart, thy judging eye,
The flow'r unheeded shall descry,
And bid it round beav'n's altars shed
The fragrance of its blushing head:
Shall raise from earth the latent gem
To glitter on the diadem.


“Lo! Granta waits to lead her blooming band,

Not obvious, not obtrusive, she
No vulgar praise, no venal incense flings;

Nor dares with courtly tongue refin'd
Profane thy inborn royalty of mind :

She reveres herself and thee.
With modest pride to grace thy youthful brow,
The laureate wreath, that Cecil wore, she brings,

And to thy just, thy gentle band,

Submits the fasces of her sway,
While spirits blest above and men below
Join with glad voice the loud symphonious lay.

Ver. 70. A Tudor's fire, a Beaufort's grace] The Countess was a Beaufort, and married to a Tudor: hence the application of this line to the Duke of Grafton, who claims descent from both these families.

Ver. 84. The laureate wreath, that Cecil wore, she brings ] Lord Treasurer Burleigh was chancellor of the University in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

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