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"While bright-eyed Science watches round: “Hence, away, 'tis holy ground!"
From yonder realms of empyrean day
There sit the sainted Sage, the Bard divine,
The Few, whom Genius gave to shine Thro' every unborn age, and undiscover'd clime. 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-ton'd 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'er-arching Groves,
"That Contemplation loves,
"Where willowy Camus lingers with delight! "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-ey'd Me"lancholy."
But hark! the portals sound, and pacing forth
High Potentates, and Dames of royal birth,
Great Edward, with the lilies on his brow (r)
And sad Chatillon, on her bridal morn (s)
(r) 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.
(s) 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 Clare (t) And Anjou's Heroine, and the paler Rose (u), The rival of her crown and of her woes,
And either Henry there (x),
All that on Granta's fruitful plain
Rich streams of regal bounty pour'd,
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.
(u) 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.
(x) And either Henry there.
Henry the Sixth and Eighth. The former the founder of King's, the latter the greatest benefactor to Trinity College.
And bad these awful fanes and turrets rise,
"What is Grandeur, what is Power? "Heavier toil, superior pain. "What the bright reward we gain? "The grateful memory of the Good. "Sweet is the breath of vernal shower, "The bee's collected treasures sweet, "Sweet music's melting fall, but sweeter yet "The still small voice of Gratitude."
Foremost and leaning from her golden cloud
"Welcome, my noble Son, (she cries aloud)
(y) The venerable Margret see.
Countess of Richmond and Derby: the mother of Henry the Seventh, foundress of St. John's and Christ's Colleges.