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· Hence, avaunt ('tis holy ground),
Comus, and his midnight crew, And Ignorance with looks profound,
And dreaming Sloth of pallid hue, Mad Sedition's cry profane, Servitude that hugs her chain, Nor in these consecrated bowers [flowers. Let painted Flattery hide her serpent train in
• Nor Envy base, nor creeping Gain,
From yonder realms of empyrean day
Bursts on my ear the’ indignant lay; There sit the sainted sage, the bard divine,
The few, whom Genius gave to shine Through every unborn age, and undiscover'd clime. Rapp'd in celestial transport they; Yet hither oft a glance from high They send of tender sympathy,
| This Ode was performed in the Senate House at Cambridge, July 1, 1769, at the Installation of his Grace Augustus Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, Chancellor of the University. It is here printed with the divisions adopted by the composer, Dr. Randall, then professor of music at Cambridge. ? Edward the Third, who added the fleur de lys of France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity College.
To bless the place where on their opening soul
First the genuine ardour stole: 'Twas Milton struck the deep-toned shell, And, as the choral warblings round him swell, Meek Newton's self bends from his state sublime, And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme.
• Ye brown o'erarching groves,
That Contemplation loves,
Oft at the blush of dawn
I trod your level lawn, Oft woo'd the gleam of Cynthia silver bright In cloisters dim, far from the haunts of Folly, With Freedom by my side, and soft-eyed Me
But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth
With solemn steps and slow,
From haughty Gallia torn,
3 Mary de Valentia, Countess of Pembroke, daughter of Gay de Chatillon, Comte de St. Paul in France ; of whom tradition says, that her husband, Audemar de Valentia, Earl of Pembroke, was slain at a tournament on the day of his nuptials. She was the foundress of Pembroke College or Hall, under the name of Aula Maria de Valentia.
That wept her bleeding love, and princely Clare *,
And either Henry there';
The murder'd saint, and the majestic lord
All that on Granta's fruitful plain
What is grandeur, what is power?
4 Elizabeth de Burg, Countess of Clare, was wife of John de Burg, son and heir of the Earl of Ulster, and daughter of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, by Joan of Acres, daughter of Edward the First. Hence the Poet gives her the epithet of princely. She founded Clare Hall.
5 Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry the Sixth, foundress of Queen's College.
Elizabeth Widville, wife of Edward the Fourth, hence called the paler rose, as being of the house of York. She added to the foundation of Margaret of Anjou.
6 Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity, College.
Sweet is the breath of vernal shower,
Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
The venerable Margaret see ?! • Welcome, my noble son (she cries aloud),
To this, thy kindred train, and me:
• Thy liberal heart, thy judging eye,
RECITATIVE. • Lo, Granta waits to lead her blooming band,
Not obvious, not obtrusive, she
Nor dares with courtly tongue refined
She reveres herself and thee.
? Countess of Richmond and Derby: the mother of Henry the Seventh, foundress of St. John's and Christ's Colleges.
8 The Countess was a Beaufort, and married to a Tudor : hence the application of this line to the Duke of Grafton, who claims descent from both these families.
With modest pride to grace thy youthful brow, The laureate wreath that Cecil wore she brings,
And to thy just, thy gentle hand,
Submits the fasces of her sway, While spirits bless'd above, and men below Join with glad voice the loud symphonious lay.
• Through the wild waves as they roar, With watchful eye and dauntless mien
Thy steady course of honour keep, Nor fear the rocks, nor seek the shore:
The Star of Brunswick smiles serene, And gilds the horrors of the deep.'
9 Lord Treasurer Burleigh was Chancellor of the University in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.