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IRREGULAR ODE,
By: MR. MASON.. .

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O! green-robd Goddess of the hallow'd shade,
. Daughter of Jove, to whom of yoreo

Thee, lovely maid, LATONA bore,
Chaste virgin, Empress of the silent glade!

Where shall I woo thee? - Ere the dawn,
While still the dew y tissue of the lawn

Quivering spangles to the eye,
And fills the soul with Nature's harmony !
Or ’mid that murky grove's monastic night,

The tangling net-work of the woodbine's gloom,

Each zephyr pregnant with perfume Or near that delving dale, or 'mossy mountain's height: - When Neptune-struck the scientific ground.

II.
From Attica's deep-heaving side, at
Why did the prancing horse rebound, ',

Snorting, neighing all around,
With thundl’ring feet and flashing eyes
Unless to shew how near allied

hi Bright science is to exercise i.. on

III. If then the horse to wisdom is a friend, Why not the hound? why not the horn? ...

While low beneath the furrow sleeps the corn, Nor yet in tawny vests delight to bend !

For Jove himself decreerl,
That DIAN, with her sandald feet,
White ankled Goddess pure and fleet,

. Should with every Dryad lead, By jovial cry o’er distant plain, vi To England's Athens, Brunswick's sylvan train!

L ' IV.
Diana, Goddess'all discerning! · * *
Hunting is a friend to learning!

If the stag, with hairy nose,' . '
In Autumn ne'er had thought of love !

No buck with swollen throat the does
With dappled sides had tryed to moveis
Ne'er had England's King, I ween; :'
The Muse's seat, fair Oxford, seen.

V.:
Hunting, thus, is learning's friend!
No longer, Virgin Goddess, bend'.

O'er Endymion's roseate breast ;-
No longer, vine-like, chastly twine
Round his milk-white liinbs divine !

Your brother's car rolls down the east-
The laughing hours bespeak the day! ''.
With flowery wreaths they strew the way!

Kings of sleep! ye mortal race !
For George with Dian 'gins the Royal chace!

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VI.
Visions of bliss, you tear my aching sight,

Spare, O spare your poet's eyes!
See every gate-way trembles with delight,

Streams of glory streak the skies : :

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How each College sounds,

With the cry of the hounds!'. ii'
How. Peckwater merrily rings; :?
Founders, Prelates, Queens, and Kings--
All have had your hunting-day!

From the dark tomb then break away! .,
Ah! see they rush to Friar Bacon's tower,
Great George to greet, and hail his natal hour!

VII.
Radcliffe and Wolsey, hand in hand, - ;?.
Sweet gentle shades, there take their stand

With Pomfret's learned dame ;; ,
And Bodely join'd by Clarendon, .. .si
With loyal zeal, together run, ... .
Just arbiters of fame! 'į

VIII.
That fringed cloud sure this way bend:
From it a form divine descends
Minerva's self;--and in her rear
A thousand sadulled steads appear!
On each she mounts a learned son,

Professor, Chancellor, or Dean;
All by hunting madness won,

All in Dian's livery seen.
How they despise the tim'rous Hare !
Give us, they cry, the furious Bear!
To chase the Lion, how they long,
ThRhinoceros tall, and Tyger strong.

Hunting thus is learning's prop,

Then may hunting never drop; And thus an hundred Birth-Days more, Shall Heav'n to George afford from its capacious shore.

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INDITE, my Muse!Lindite'! 'subpoena'd is thy lyre !
The praises to record, which'rules of Court require !

'Tis thou, O CHO! Muse divine,

And best of all the Council Nine, Most plead my 'causé ! -_Great' HATFIELD's Cécil ' i . bids me singsb in 30' Wiseene The tallest, fittest man, to walk before the King ! -- vol. II.

.: Of Salsbury's Earls the First (so tells th' historic page) 'Twas Nature's will to make inost 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!
For veins of Science are like veins of gold !

Pure, for a time, they run ; lui

They end as they begun ." Alas! in nothing but a heap of mould !

innos! * Rapin observes, thatı 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. holla

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III.
Shall I by eloquence controul,
Or challenge send to mighty Rolle,

Whene'er on Peers he vents his gall?..
Uplift my hands to pull his nose,
And twist and pinch it till it grows,

Like mine,, aside, and small ?
Say, by what process may I once obtaini
A verdict, Lord, not let me sue in vain !

In Commons, and in Courts below,

My actions have been try'd ;=1:
There Clients who pay most,.394 know,

Retain the strongest side !.;',.
True to these terms, I preach'd in politics for Pitt, -
And Kenyon's law maintain'd against his Sovereign's writ.

What though my father be a porpus, ".
He may be mov'd by Habeas Corpus-

Or by a call, whene'er the State 7

Or Pitt requires his vore and weight
· I tender bail for Bottle's warm support,
Of all the plans of Ministers and Court!

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And Oh! should Mrs. Arden bless ime with a child,
A lovely boy, as beauteous aş ınyself and mild;
The little Pepper. would some caudle lack :'.

Then think of Arden's wife,, .

My pretty Plaintiff's life,
The best of caudle's made of best of sack!

n. Let thy decree is id :: :"

But favour me,
Is and briefs, rebutters and detainers,

To Archy I'll resign l'ini

Without a fee or fine,
Attachments, replications, and retainers !

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