An Imitation of HORACE, Ode II. Book III.
Angustam amice, &c.
1 HE that would great in science grow,
2 By whom bright Virtue is ador'd,
3 At first must be content to know
4 An humble roof, an homely board.
5 With want, and rigid college laws
6 Let him inur'd betimes, comply;
7 Firm to religion's sacred cause,
8 The learned combat let him try;
9 Let him her envied praises tell,
10 And all his eloquence disclose
11 The fierce endeavours to repel,
12 And still the tumult of her foes.
13 Him early form'd, and season'd young
14 Subtle opposers soon will fear,
15 And tremble at his artful tongue,
16 Like Parthians at the Roman spear.
17 Grim death, th' inevitable lot
18 Which fools and cowards strive to fly,
19 Is with a noble pleasure sought
20 By him who dares for truth to die.
21 With purest lustre of her own
22 Exalted Virtue ever shines,
23 Nor as the vulgar smile or frown
24 Advances now and now declines.
25 A glorious and immortal prize,
26 She on her hardy son bestows,
27 She shews him heaven, and bids him rise,
28 Tho' pain, and toil, and death oppose:
29 With lab'ring flight he wings th' obstructed way,
30 Leaving both common souls and common clay.
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Title (in Source Edition): An Imitation of HORACE, Ode II. Book III. Angustam amice, &c.
Author: Walter Titley
Themes: science; virtue; vice; ambition
Genres: ode; imitation; translation; paraphrase
References: DMI 27843
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