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CHILDISH RECOLLECTIONS.

Who share the converse of a college hall,
She sometimes trifled in a lighter strain,
'Tis past, and thus she will not sin again;
Soon must her early song for ever cease,
And, all may rail, when I shall rest in peace.


Here, first remember'd be the joyous band,
Who hail'd me chief,[1] obedient to command;100
Who join'd with me, in every boyish sport,
Their first adviser, and their last resort;
Nor shrunk beneath the upstart pedant's frown,[2]
Or all the sable glories of his gown;[3]
Who, thus, transplanted from his father's school,
Unfit to govern, ignorant of rule—
Succeeded him, whom all unite to praise,
The dear preceptor of my early days,
Probus,[4] the pride of science, and the boast—

To Ida now, alas! for ever lost!110
  1. [On the retirement of Dr. Drury, three candidates for the vacant chair presented themselves—Messrs. Drury, Evans, and Butler. On the first movement to which this contest gave rise in the school, young Wildman was at the head of the party for Mark Drury, while Byron held himself aloof from any. Anxious, however, to have him as an ally, one of the Drury faction said to Wildman, "Byron, I know, will not join, because he does not choose to act second to any one, but, by giving up the leadership to him, you may at once secure him." This Wildman did, and Byron took the command.—Life, p. 29.]
  2. Nor shrunk before.—[Hours of Idleness.]
  3. Careless to soothe the pedant's furious frown,
    Scarcely respecting his majestic gown;
    By which, in vain, he gain'd a borrow'd grace,
    Adding new terror to his sneering face.—[P. on V. Occasions.]

  4. Dr. Drury. This most able and excellent man retired