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EARILY POEMS.

AN BONA OPERA SINT MERITORIA ?l

QUIS sibi confidit coelum sua facta mereri ?
Digna Dei veniâ quis sua facta putat ?
Nemo caret vitiis, nemo sine crimine vivit ;
Cui bona sunt, quamvis plurima, plura mala.
Ipse Deus bonus est, Deus est bonitatis origo;
Tota hominum bonitas est tribuenda IDeo.
Facta igitur nequeunt hominum meritoria dici:
Quod figulo argilla est, sunt hominesque Deo.
Num tantum, quæso, quisquam supererogat, inde
Quantum aliis vendat, qui bonitate carent ?
Macte, papista, bonis factis! te vindice cœlum,
Si sibi sit nummus, quisque merere potest.

ON THE ESCAPE OF CAPTAIN FOULKES,

In the great storm of September 10th, 1741, when, driven by a hard gale from Ælianus Point to the North of Ireland, his sails and rigging

were swept overboard. QUID crepat ? Haud intra ripas se continet æquor! Numquid dejectum tecta feruntur aquæ ?

1 This was probably nothing more than a school exercise.
B

Wae misero nautae pelago qui credere vitam
Sustinet, insanis jam periturus aquis.
Qualiter heu qualis fremitu furit Eurus in undas
Qualiter oppositam verberat unda ratem'
Wertice jam coelum tangit, jam fertur in Orcum;
Spreta sibi quondam littora nauta cupit.
Iratum numen pelagi prece vexat inani;
Littus ut attingat millia vota vovet.”
Stulte, nimis sero moriundus pectora plangis;
Sero nimis, periens acquore, littus amas.
Si Semel attinges littus ne rursus ad aequor,
Vela daturus, eas; ne patiaris idem.
Kyboei" templum petito cum vestibus udis,”
Quas suspende," memor quanta pericla fugis.

SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS

On the necessity, or non-necessity, of going to sea; written for the benefit of Admiral Coytmore and some of the lady passengers in the voyage just mentioned.

Hoc fuit antiqué dictum, “Docet omnia venter”;
Mortales pelagus, ventre docente, petunt.

* Vota vovet, to vow a vow is the language of the Psalmist. L. M.

* Kybi, the patron saint of the parish church of Holyhead. A quadrant is hung up on the walls of the edifice in commemoration of seventeen voyages to the West Indies, which John Wheldon, a mariner, was enabled to effect through its instrumentality. L. M.

* It was customary in ancient Rome for the shipwrecked mariner to hang his wet garments in the

temple of Neptune as an offering to the god for his safety. See Horace, “Ode to Pyrrha,” Lib. i, Ode 5:—

* * * * Me tabula sacer
Votiva paries indicat uvida
Suspendisse potenti
Westimenta maris deo.

* Quas suspende; “Our critics”, remarks Lewis Morris, “say that Goronwy wanted a coat when he advised the captain to hang up his wet jacket.”

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