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Grew tremulous, and mov'd derision more
Than rev’rence in perverse rebellious youth.
So colleges and halls neglected much
Their good old friend; and Discipline at length,
O’erlook'd and unemploy'd, fell fick and died.
Then study languish'd, emulation Nept,
And virtue fled. The schools became a scene

Of solemn farce, where Ignorance in stilts,
His
cap

well lind with logic not his own,
With parrot tongue perform’d the scholar's part,
Proceeding soon a graduated dunce.
Then compromise had place, and scrutiny
Became stone-blind; precedence went in truck,
And he was competent whose purse was fo.
A dissolution of all bonds ensued;
The curbs, invented for the mulish mouth
Of head-strong youth, were broken ; bars and bolts
Grew rusty by disuse ; and massy gates
Forgot their office, op'ning with a touch;
'Till gowns at length are found mere masquerade,

The tassell'd cap and the spruce band a jest,
A mock'ry of the world! What need of these
For gamesters, jockeys, brothellers impure,
Spendthrifts, and booted sportsmen, oft'ner seen
With belted waist and pointers at their heels
Than in the bounds of duty ? What was learn’d,
If aught was learn'd in childhood, is forgot ;
And such expense as pinches parents blue,
And mortifies the lib'ral hand of love,
Is squander’d in pursuit of idle sports
And vicious pleasures ; buys the boy, a name,
That fits a ftigma on his father's house,
And cleaves through life inseparably close
To him that wears it. What can after-games
Of riper joys, and commerce with the world,
The lewd vain world, that muft receive him soon,
Add to such erudition, thus acquir’d,
Where science and where virtue are profess’d?
They may confirm his habits, rivet falt
His folly, but to spoil him is a task

That bids defiance to th' united pow'rs
Of fashion, dissipation, taverns, stews.,
Now, blame we most the nurslings or the nurse ?
The children, crook'd, and twisted, and deformid,
Through want of care ; 'or 'her, whose winking eye
And flumb'ring ofcitancy mars the brood ?
The nurse no doubt. Regardless of her charge,
She needs herself correction; needs to learn,
That it is dang'rous sporting with the world,
With things fo facred as a nation's trust,
The nurture of her youth, her dearest pledge.

All are riot fuch. I had a brother once-
Peace to the mem'ry of a man of worth,
A man of letters, and of manners too!

Of manners sweet as virtue always wears,

When gay good-náturë dresses her in smiles.
He grac'd a college *, in which order yet

Ben'et Cöll. Cambridge.

Was facred; and was honour'd, lov’d, and wept,
By more than one, themselves conspicuous there.
Some minds are temper'd happily, and mixt
With such ingredients of good sense and taste
Of what is excellent in man, they thirst
With such a zeal to be what they approve,
That no restraints can ci cumscribe them more
Than they themselves by choice, for wisdom's fake;
Nor can example hurt them. What they see
Of vice in others but enhancing more
The charms of virtue in their just esteem.
If such escape contagion, and emerge
Pure, from so foul a pool, to shine abroad,
And give the world their talents and themselves,
Small thanks to those whose negligence or Noth
Expos’d their inexperience to the snare,
And left them to an undirected choice.

See, then, the quiver broken and decay’d,
In which are kept our arrows ! Rusting there

In wild disorder, and unfit for use,
What wonder if, discharg’d into the world,
They shame their shooters with a random flight,
Their points obtuse, and feathers drunk with wine!
Well may the church wage unsuccessful war,
With such artill’ry arm’d. Vice parries wide
Th' undreaded volley with a sword of straw,
And stands an impudent and fearless mark.

Have we not track'd the felon home, and found

His birth-place and his dam? The country mourns —
Mourns, because ev'ry plague that can infest
Society, and that saps and worms the base
Of th' edifice that policy has rais'd,
Swarms in all quarters; meets the eye, the ear,
And fuffocates the breath at ev'ry turn.
Profusion breeds them; and the cause itself

Of that calamitous mischief has been found:

Found, too, where most offensive, in the skirts
Of the rob'd pedagogue! Else, let th' arraign'd

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