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Alteram laudem memorare possum;

Dona quæ Divi tribuêre nobis :

Cæteras præftat ratibufque, equisquc

Terra Coloni.

Tu decus noftrum, maris o supreme

Rector, in tantum ftudio tulifti:

Et ferox durum quadrupes recepit

Te duce, frenum :

Navitæ remi manibusque pulsi

Incito motu volitant per æquor,

Et, velut Nymphis comites marinis,

Cærula verrunt.

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Tu trahis justos ad iniqua facta,
Triste tu conflas odium propinquis ;

Sic movet mentes oculis decora

Nubila virgo.

Judices inter, folio potenti
Aflidens, mifces veneranda jura :

Hunc eniin ludum Venus insolentem

Ludere gaudet.

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A PROLOGUE,

SPOKEN BEFORE THE EXERCISES AT THE

BREAKING UP OF CHESTER SCHOOL, 1785.

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'Y master, who has whims (for who is clear ?)

Calling me forth to crave your patient ear,

Terms this his court of session for the year.

Commiffion'd, then, I venture to proclaim it

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Oyez!--a gaol-deliv'ry, shall I name it? [ware :'“ No, youngster, no :" He frowns, and cries Be

But, spite of frowns or talks, for once I'll dare

To prove my allusion just. Survey these walls ;
Their joyless bound full many a wretch enthralls.
Here the long months, the little pris’ner fits,
Here, trembling, gnaws and cons his book by fits :

While ever and anon, the plaintive cry

Of suff'ring brethren draws his plaintive eye.

Hard

Hard fate! but often to this blissful day,

Thro’ the dull glooms of time, his wishes stray;
And, as the stick its less'ning notches fhews,
His gladden'd heart forgets its load of woes.

Again, to prove the fad allusion true,

The grate-like windows of our prison view.

Does the full day-light hurt a school-boy's brain,

That thus it struggles thro' th' encrusted pane?

Why do those * envious walls the light exclude ?-Why-truth and day-light wou'd too much intrude ;

Then would the tell-tale sun, or curious eye,

This scene of shame, and fear, and grief descry.

Frown not, my worthy audience, at my prating :

This phrase of gaol-deliv'ry, tho’ so grating,

I'll

* Many of the school windows have been reduced to less than half

of their original size.

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