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Then would, unroof'd, old Granta's halls,
Pedantic inmates full display;
Fellows who dream on lawn or stalls,
The price of venal votes to pay.[1]


Then would I view each rival wight,
Petty and Palmerston survey;
Who canvass there, with all their might,[2]
Against the next elective day.[3]


Lo! candidates and voters lie[4]
All lull'd in sleep, a goodly number!
A race renown'd for piety,
Whose conscience won't disturb their slumber.


Lord H——,[5] indeed, may not demur;
Fellows are sage, reflecting men:
They know preferment can occur,
But very seldom,—now and then.

  1. The price of hireling.—[4to]
  2. Who canvass now.—[4to]
  3. [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.]
  4. 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.]
  5. [Probably Lord Henry Petty. See variant iii.]