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DULCE DOMUM,

AN OLD LATIN ODE.

SUNG ANNUALLY BY THE WINCHESTER BOYS UPON LEAVING COLLEGE AT THE VACATION.

[Translated at the Request of DR. JOSEPH WARTON.]

1 LOV'D Companions, let us sing!
2 Wake the dear according string
3 Come, with gladness fill the dome,
4 Pour the happy song of Home.
CHORUS.
5 Now, sweet Home! our steps are free;
6 Now, sweet Home! we fly to thee!
7 Let the vaulted roofs resound
8 Sacred Home, with blessings crown'd!
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9 Learning, thorny are thy ways,
10 Thought is weary of the maze;
11 Let us seek awhile the goal
12 Where affection rests her soul!

CHORUS. Now, sweet Home, &c.

13 Now, O toiling Muse, repose;
14 Muse! the classic volume close:
15 Bid the cares of study cease,
16 Give the vacant hours to peace!

CHORUS. Now, sweet Home, &c.

17 Joyful with the smiling year,
18 We will smile, for Home is near!
19 Strangers will our song repeat
20 Strangers feel that Home is sweet!

CHORUS. Now, sweet Home, &c.

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21 Bring, O bring th' impatient steed,
22 Let us to the threshold speed,
23 Where we shed the tear of bliss,
24 Where we meet a mother's kiss!

CHORUS. Now, sweet Home, &c.

25 Home of childhood! swell the strain,
26 While we hail thy gates again!
27 Why, Aurora, thus delay?
28 Slothful goddess, give the day!

CHORUS. Now, sweet Home, &c.

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Title (in Source Edition): DULCE DOMUM, AN OLD LATIN ODE.
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Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [219]-221. 

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