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Fond impious man, think'st thou yon sanguine
Raised by thy breath, has quench'd the orb of day?
To-morrow he repairs the golden flood,
And warms the nations with redoubled ray. Enough for me: with joy I see
The different doom our fates assign.
Be thine despair, and sceptred care,
To triumph, and to die, are mine." He spoke, and headlong from the mountain's height
Deep in the roaring tide he plunged to endless night.
Performed in the Senate-house at Cambridge, July 1, 1769, at the Installation of the Duke of Grafton, as Chancellor of the University.
"HENCE, avaunt, ('tis holy ground)
Mad Sedition's cry profane,
Nor in these consecrated bowers
Let painted Flattery hide her serpent train in flowers.
Nor Envy base, nor creeping Gain,
Dare the Muse's walk to stain,
From yonder realms of Empyrean day
Rapt in celestial transport they; Yet hither oft a glance from high They send of tender sympathy 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
And nods his hoary head, and listens to the rhyme.
"Ye brown o'erarching groves,
Where willowy Camus lingers with delight!
Oft woo'd the gleam of Cynthia silver bright
But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth
High potentates, and dames of royal birth,
And sad Chatillon, on her bridal morn
Ver. 39. Great Edward, with the lilies on his brow] Edward the Third, who added the fleur de lys of France to the arms of England. He founded Trinity College.
Ver. 41. And sad Chatillon, on her bridal morn] Mary de Valentia, Countess of Pembroke, daughter of Guy 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 Mariæ de Valentia.
That wept her bleeding Love, and princely
And Anjou's heroine, and the paler rose,
The murder'd saint, and the majestic lord,
Ver. 42. That wept her bleeding Love, and princely Clare] 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.
Ver. 43. And Anjou's heroine, and the paler rose] Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry the Sixth, foundress of Queen's College. The poet has celebrated her conjugal fidelity in 'The Bard,' epode 2d, line 13th.
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.
Ver. 45. And either Henry there] Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity College.
All that on Granta's fruitful plain Rich streams of regal bounty pour'd, And bad these awful fanes and turrets rise, To hail their Fitzroy's festal morning come; And thus they speak in soft accord The liquid language of the skies:
"What is grandeur, what is power?
Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
Ver. 66. The venerable Margaret see] Countess of Richmond and Derby; the mother of Henry the Seventh, foundress of St. John's and Christ's Colleges.
Ver. 70. A Tudor's fire, a Beaufort's grace] 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.