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How each College sounds
With the cry of the hounds!
From the dark tomb then break away!
Radcliffe and Wolsey, hand in hand,
Sweet gentle shades, there take their stand
With Pomfret's learned dame; And Bodley join'd by Clarendon
With loyal zeal together run,
Just arbiters of fame!
That fringed cloud sure this way bends;
Minerva's self; and in her rear
All in Dian's livery seen.
How they despise the tim'rous Hare?
And thus an hundred Birth-days more
Shall Heav'n to George afford from its capacious shore,
BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL.
INDITE, my Muse!-indite! subpana'd is thy lyre! The praises to record, which rules of Court require! 'Tis thou, O Clio! Muse divine,
And best of all the Council Nine,
Must plead my cause!-Great HATFIELD'S CECIL bids
The tallest, fittest man, to walk before the King!
Of Sal'sbury's Earls, the first (so tells th' historic page) "T was Nature's will to make most wonderfully sage;
But then, as if too liberal to his mind,
She made him crook'd before, and crook'd behind *. "Tis not, thank Heav'n, my Cecil, so with thee; Thou last of Cecils, but unlike the first;
Thy body bears no mark'd deformity;
The Gods decreed, and judgment was revers'd!
They end as they begun
Alas! in nothing but a heap of mould!
* Rapin observes, that Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury, was of a great genius; and though crooked before and behind, Nature supplied that defect with noble endowments of mind.
Shall I by eloquence control,
Or challenge send to mighty ROLLE,
Uplift my hands to pull his nose,
Say, by what process may I once obtain
There Clients who pay most, you know,
Retain the strongest side!
True to these terms, I preach'd in politics for Pitt,
Or Pitt requires his vote and weight-
And O! should Mrs. Arden bless me with a child,
My pretty plaintiff's life,
The best of caudle's made of best of sack!
But favour me,
My bills and briefs, rebutters and detainers,
Without a fee or fine,
Attachments, replications, and retainers!
To Juries, Bench, Exchequer, Seals,
To Chanc'ry Court, and Lords, I'll bid adieu;
My writs of error shall be judg'd by you.
And if perchance great Doctor Arnold should retire,
His aid will lend,
And set to music all I write;
Let me then, Chamberlain without a flaw,
For June the fourth prepare
The praises of the King
Until they rend the air,
prove my equal fame in poesy and law!
*This Gentleman is a great performer upon the Piano Forte, as well as the Speaking Trumpet and Jew's Harp.
BY NATHANIEL WILLIAM WRAXALL, Esa. M. P.
MURRAIN seize the House of Commons!
Nor e'en the Speaker, tyrant, shall have force
Descend from globes to statesmen's aid!
Truths unheard, though not untold:
Come, and once more unlock this vasty world-
Begin the song, from where the Rhine,
Upon a marish flat and dank
States, Six and One,
Dam the dykes, the seas embank,
Maugre the Don!