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DISTANT PROSPECT OF ETON COLLEGE.
[This was the first English production of Mr. Gray
that appeared in print, and was published in folio,
Pharsalia, lib. x.1. 296.]
YE distant spires, ye antique towers,
That crown the wat’ry glade,
Her HENRY's holy shade e ;
Of grove, of lawn, of mead survey,
His silver-winding way:
e King Henry the Sixth, founder of the College.
Ah, happy hills ! ah, pleasing shade!
Ah, fields belov'd in vain !
A stranger yet to pain!
As waving fresh their gladsome wing,
To breathe a second spring.
Full many a sprightly race
The paths of pleasure trace;
The captive linnet which enthral ?
Or urge the flying ball ?
Their murm’ring labours ply
f And, redolent of joy and youth.
Dryden's Fable on the Pythag. Systenz,
"Gainst graver hours, that bring constraint
To sweeten liberty:
And unknown regions dare descry:
And snatch a fearful joy:
Less pleasing when possest ;
The sunshine of the breast : Theirs buxom Health of rosy hue, Wild Wit, Invention ever-new,
And lively Cheer, of Vigour born; The thoughtless day, the easy night, The spirits pure, the slumbers light,
That fly th' approach of morn.
The little victims play!
Nor care beyond to-day :
Ah, show them where in ambush stand,
Ah, tell them they are men !
The vultures of the mind,
And Shame that sculks behind; .
That inly gnaws the secret heart;
And Sorrow's piercing dart. Ambition this shall tempt to rise,
Then whirl the wretch from high,
And grinning Infamy.
That mocks the tear it forc'd to flow;
 And hard Unkindness' alter'd eye. The elision here, observes Mr. Mason, is ungraceful, and hurts this otherwise beautifulline: One of the same kind in the second line of the first Ode makes the same blemish; but I think they are the only two to be found in
And keen Remorse with blood defil'd,
Amid severest woe.
A grisly troop are seen,
More hideous than their Queen :
Those in the deeper vitals rage:
And slow-consuming Age.
Condemn'd alike to groan;
this correct writer, and I mention them here that succeeding Poets may not look upon them as authorities. The judicious reader will not suppose that I would condemn all elisions of the genitive case, by this stricture on those which are terminated by rough consonants. Many there are which the ear readily admits, and which use has made familiar to it. .
g And moody Madness laughing wild.