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And aid eccentric sceptic Pride to rove
And stand my sons herein from censure clear? Have they considered well, and understood, The use and import of those blessings dear, Which the great Lord of nature hath bestow'd As well to prove, as to reward the good? [seas Whence are these torrents then, these billowy Of vice, in which, as in his proper flood, The fell Leviathan licentious plays,
And upon shipwreck'd faith and sinking virtue preys ?
'To you, ye noble, opulent, and great! With friendly voice I call, and honest zeal : Upon your vital influences wait
The health and sickness of the commonweal; The maladies you cause, yourselves must heal. In vain to the unthinking harden'd crowd Will Truth and Reason make their just appeal; In vain will sacred Wisdom cry aloud, And Justice drench in vain her vengeful sword in blood.
. With you must reformation first take place: You are the head, the intellectual mind Of this vast body politic, whose base And vulgar limbs, to drudgery consign'd, All the rich stores of science have resign'd To you, that by the craftsman's various toil, The sea-worn mariner, and sweating hind,
peace and affluence maintain'd, the while You, for yourselves and them, may dress the
'Bethink you then, my children, of the trust In you reposed: ne let your heaven-born mind Consume in pleasure, or unactive rust; But nobly rouse you to the task assign'd, The godlike task to teach and mend mankind: Learn, that ye may instruct: to virtue lead Yourselves the way: the herd will crowd behind, And gather precepts from each worthy deed: Example is a lesson that all men can read.
But if (to all or most I do not speak), In vain and sensual habits now grown old, The strong Circæan charm you cannot break, Nor reassume at will your native mould ", Yet envy not the state you could not hold; And take compassion on the rising age: In them redeem your errors manifold; And, by due discipline and nurture sage, In virtue's lore betimes your docile sons engage.
'You chiefly, who like me in secret mourn The prevalence of Custom lewd and vain ; And you, who, though by the rude torrent borne Unwillingly along, you yield with pain To his behests, and act what you disdain, Yet nourish in your hearts the generous love Of piety and truth; no more restrain The manly zeal; but all your sinews move The present to reclaim, the future race improve!
55 Mould, shape, form.
'Eftsoons by your joint efforts shall be quell'd Yon haughty giant, who so proudly sways A sceptre by repute alone upheld; Who, where he cannot dictate, straight obeys. Accustom'd to conform his flattering phrase To numbers and high-placed authority, Your party he will join, your maxims praise, And, drawing after all his menial fry, Soon teach the general voice your act to ratify.
Ne for the' achievement of this great emprize The want of means or counsel may ye dread: From my twin-daughters' fruitful wombs shall A race of letter'd sages, deeply read [rise In Learning's various writ: by whom yled Through each well-cultured plot, each beauteous
Where antique Wisdom whilom wont to tread, With mingled glee and profit may ye rove, And cull each virtuous plant, each tree of knowledge prove.
Yourselves with virtue thus and knowledge fraught
Of what, in ancient days of good or great Historians, bards, philosophers, have taught; Join'd with whatever else of modern date Maturer judgment, search more accurate, Discover'd have of Nature, man, and God; May by new laws reform the time-worn state Of cell-bred discipline, and smooth the road That leads through Learning's vale to Wisdom's bright abode.
By you invited to her secret bowers, Then shall Pædia reascend her throne, With vivid laurels girt and fragrant flowers; While from their forked mount descending down Yon supercilious pedant train shall own Her empire paramount, ere long by her Ytaught a lesson in their schools unknown, "To learning's richest treasures to prefer The knowledge of the world, and man's great business there."
On this prime science, as the final end Of all her discipline and nurturing care, Her eye Pædia fixing, aye shall bend Her every thought and effort to prepare Her tender pupils for the various war, Which Vice and Folly shall upon them wage, As on the perilous march of life they fare With prudent lore fore-arming every age 'Gainst Pleasure's treacherous joys, and Pain's embattled rage.
Then shall my youthful sons, to wisdom led By fair example and ingenuous praise, With willing feet the paths of duty tread, Through the world's intricate or rugged ways Conducted by Religion's sacred rays; Whose soul-invigorating influence
Shall purge their minds from all impure allays Of sordid selfishness and brutal sense,
And swell the' ennobled heart with bless'd bene
Then also shall this emblematic pile,
Grow with their growth, and to the' applauding
Its radiant cross uplift; the while, to grace
Fired with the' idea of her future fame,
On these that royal dame her ravish'd eyes
With new-placed statues deck'd on every side,
And now with her in that sequester'd plain,