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Alteram laudem memorare possum;
Dona quæ Divi tribuêre nobis :
Cæteras præftat ratibufque, equisquc
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,
Tu trahis justos ad iniqua facta,
Sic movet mentes oculis decora
Judices inter, folio potenti
Hunc eniin ludum Venus insolentem
SPOKEN BEFORE THE EXERCISES AT THE
BREAKING UP OF CHESTER SCHOOL, 1785.
'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
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 ;
While ever and anon, the plaintive cry
Of suff'ring brethren draws his plaintive eye.
Hard fate! but often to this blissful day,
Thro’ the dull glooms of time, his wishes stray;
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,
* Many of the school windows have been reduced to less than half
of their original size.