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Who sacrifices hours of rest,
To scan precisely metres Attic;
Or agitates his anxious breast,[1]
In solving problems mathematic:


Who reads false quantities in Seale,[2]
Or puzzles o'er the deep triangle;
Depriv'd of many a wholesome meal;[3]
In barbarous Latin[4] doom'd to wrangle:


Renouncing every pleasing page,
From authors of historic use;
Preferring to the letter'd sage,
The square of the hypothenuse.[5]

  1. And agitates.—[4to]
  2. 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.]
  3. And robs himself of many a meal.—[4to]
  4. The Latin of the schools is of the canine species, and not very intelligible.
  5. 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.