The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 1/Granta. A Medley
GRANTA. A MEDLEY.
Ἀργυρέαις λόγχαισι μάχου καὶ πάντα κρατήσεις.
[Reply of the Pythian Oracle to Philip of Macedon.]
Then would, unroof'd, old Granta's halls,
Lo! candidates and voters lie
Lord H——, indeed, may not demur;
They know the Chancellor has got
There, in apartments small and damp,
He surely well deserves to gain them,
Who sacrifices hours of rest,
Renouncing every pleasing page,
Still, harmless are these occupations,
Whose daring revels shock the sight,
Not so the methodistic crew,
Forgetting that their pride of spirit,
'Tis morn:—from these I turn my sight:
Loud rings in air the chapel bell;
To this is join'd the sacred song,
Our choir would scarcely be excus'd,
If David, when his toils were ended,
The luckless Israelites, when taken
Oh! had they sung in notes like these
But if I scribble longer now,
Therefore, farewell, old Granta's spires!
October 28, 1806.
- [The motto was prefixed in Hours of Idleness. ("Fight with silver spears" (i.e. with bribes), "and thou shalt prevail in all things.")]
- The Diable Boiteux of Le Sage, where Asmodeus, the demon, places Don Cleofas on an elevated situation, and unroofs the houses for inspection. [Don Cleofas, clinging to the cloak of Asmodeus, is carried through the air to the summit of S. Salvador.]
- And place it.—[4to]
- The price of hireling.—[4to]
- Who canvass now.—[4to]
- [On the death of Pitt, in January, 1806, Lord Henry Petty beat Lord Palmerston in the contest for the representation of the University of Cambridge in Parliament.]
- One on his power and place depends,
The other on—the Lord knows what!
Each to some eloquence pretends,
But neither will convince by that.
The first, indeed, may not demur;
Fellows are sage reflecting men, etc.
And know.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]
- [Probably Lord Henry Petty. See variant iii.]
- And therefore smiles at his.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]
- Now from Corruption's shameless scene.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]
- And view unseen.—[4to]
- —— and early rises.—[4to]
- And all the.—[4to]
- And agitates.—[4to]
- Seale's publication on Greek Metres displays considerable talent and ingenuity, but, as might be expected in so difficult a work, is not remarkable for accuracy. [An Analysis of the Greek Metres; for the use of students at the University of Cambridge. By John Barlow Seale (1764), 8vo. A fifth edition was issued in 1807.]
- And robs himself of many a meal.—[4to]
- The Latin of the schools is of the canine species, and not very intelligible.
- The discovery of Pythagoras, that the square of the hypothenuse is equal to the squares of the other two sides of a right-angled triangle.
- But harmless are these occupations
- When Drunkenness and dice unite.
And every sense.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]
- And exultation.—[4to]
- On a saint's day the students wear surplices in chapel.
- But he.—[4to]
- But mercy.—[4to]
- But had they sung.—[4to]
- But if I write much longer now.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]