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His heart, now passive, yields to thy command; 885
895 But, being man, and therefore frail he may?) Qne comfort yet shall cheer thine aged heart, Howe'er he slight thee, thou hast done thy part.
O barb'rous! wouldst thou with a Gothick hand Pull down the schools-- what!-allth’schools i'th' land; Or throw them up to liv'ry nags and grooms,
901 Or turn them into shops and auction rooms? A captious question, sir, (and yours is one,) Deserve an
an answer similar or none. Wouldst thou, possessor of a flock, employ, 905 (Appris'd that he is such,) a careless boy, And feed him well, and give him handsome pay, Merely to sleep, and let them run astray? Survey our schools and colleges, and see A sight not much unlike my simile.
910 From education, as the leading cause, The publick character its colour draws; Thence the prevailing manners take their cast, Extravagant or sober, loose or chaste. And, though I would not advertise them yet, 915 Nor write on each—This building to be let, Unless the world were all prepar'd t' embrace A plan well worthy to supply their place; Yet, backward as they are, and long have been, To cultivate and keep the morals clean,
920 (Forgive the crime,) I wish them, I confess, Or better manag'd, or encourag'd less.