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It is perchance a crime, since life is short, 'Mid vivid recollections to disport

Of all that was in bygone ages fair,

And dream of Greece while breathing British air.
It is a greater sin for thee to waste

Thought on our modern projects-with thy taste.
Then strike the Theban lyre with master-hand,
And homage from our laurell'd youth command:
Unite Greek metres to our native rhyme,
Links of thought-picturing language, gay, sublime.

The scholar and the gentleman combin'd,
That test of excellence, in thee we find ;
A love for harmony of numbers, pure
Taste, nice discernment, and a judgment sure;
And a benevolence of heart that true
Politeness is, which Chesterfield ne'er knew.

Then lay aside thy criticism's spear,

Its touch a worthier muse than mine may bear. Thee I propitiate,-if thou canst, protect

These leaves from blasts of scorn, blight of neglect.

March 6, 1839.

NOTES

ON

LINES ADDRESSED "TO THE REV. WILLIAM WAY.”

P. 353, 1. 1.

Great wits in this our iron age may mourn

That country gentlemen write not like Bourne.

The Reverend Sydney Smith, in his witty and clever pamphlet on the Ballot, makes the following comfortable remarks, which, no doubt, the "Gentlemen of England" will know how to appreciate,

"I long for the quiet times of King Log, when all the English common people are making calico, and all the English Gentlemen are making long and short verses, with no other interruption of their happiness than when false quantities are discovered in one or the other."Ballot, by the Rev. Sydney Smith, page 21.

Vincent Bourne, the well-known admirable writer of Latin Poems, original and translations. The Poet Cowper had a very high opinion of his merits as a writer and as a man. His Thyrsis and Chloe (a translation of the William and Margaret of Mallet) is an exquisitely finished production.

P. 353, 1. 5.

Maturing taste, that in thy early years

Gave thee distinction 'mong thy bright compeers.

Some of the most beautiful contributions to the "Musa Etonenses" are from the pen of Mr. Way.

P. 354, 1. 3.

Gell in thy muse had seen the maiden Greek,

So beautiful her dress is, à l'antique.

The late Sir William Gell, a most accomplished Hellenist.

P. 354, 1. 15.

All, in thy spirit-stirring odes survive,
And seem, as bright existences, to live.

Gratia te, Venerisque lepos, et mille colorum,
Formarumque chorus sequitur, motusque decentes.

GRAY, De Principiis Cogitandi.

Such forms as glitter in the Muse's ray
With orient hues unborrow'd of the sun.

P. 355, 1. 7.

GRAY, Progress of Poetry.

Then strike the Theban lyre with master-hand,
And homage from our laurell'd youth command.

Fidibusque Latinis

Thebanos aptare modos studet, auspice Musâ?

HORAT.

POEMS

WRITTEN IN EARLY YOUTH.

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