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His saltem accumuleio donis, et fungar inani

Munere.
It would be ungrateful to close this subject, without
thinking of our Alma Mater! Scholars ! let us never
dishonour her. Let it always be ranked among the
most urgent and honourable of our duties, to con-
súlt her interests, to watch over herrenown, and to
gain for her the patronage of the community. You,
then, who are alive to the reputation of this ancient
university, lend her your effectual influence. Go
to the rich, and tell them of the substantial glory of
literary patronage! Tell them of the Maecenases of
former days! Tell them, that the spirit of commerce
has always been propitious to the arts and sciences !
show them the glories of the Medici of Florence ;
the republican renown of Holland, once studded
with splendid universities, and fruitful in great men,
fostered by the rich merchants of ber cities ! Show
them that island of the blessed, where so many
rich endowments of schools and of literary instilu-
tions have mingled for ever together the glories of .
commerce and of science! And, if this will not
touch them, read the roll of the former benefactors
of our university; of the Hollises and the Han-
cocks. These were merchants; and men too, whom
posterity will never cease to honour; men, whom
all the great and good spirits that have issued from
this seat of learning will go and congratulaie in
heaven, as their benefactors!

Tbere sit the sainted sage, the bard divine ;
Rapt in celestial transport they ;
Yet bither oft a glance from high
They send of tender sympathy
To bless the place, where on their op'ning soul
First the genuine ardour stole.

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• Aen. Lib, vi. 893.

Bring fragrant flowers, the whitest lilies bring,
With all the purple beauties of the spring;
On the dear youth, to please his shade below,
This unavailing gift at least I may bestow !

DRYD EN AND PITT.

† Gray's Ode to Music.

But I forbear.—The cause of truth and learning is the cause of God, and it will not be deserted. With our Alma Mater, then, we leave our filial valediction; and in the words of Virgil, where he speaks of Berecynthia, the mother of the Gods, we express our most ardent wishes that she may ever be

Felis prole vitâm................
Laeta deûm partu, centum complexa nepotes,
Omnes caelicolas, omnes supera alta teoentes *. +

AER. LIB. vi. 783.

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+ The present state of the University of Cambridge is such, we believe, as must be highly gratifying to its friends. Within a few years the terms of adınission have been considerably raised, and a greater strictness of examination introduced. The number of books studied tbere is increased, and a spirit of application discovers itself, which promises Buch future excellence. The introduction of Dalzel's Collectanea Majora is a great step towards the improvement of Greek learning: and a Lord's day exercise will soon be required of the students in Grotius de veritate. The professorships of rhetoric and of natural history are noble instances of munificence; and there have been lately added adjunct professors in the two departments of chemistry and of anatomy. There is yet, however, much to be done, which calls for the patronage of the rich. A professorship of w, for which there is already a fund, might soon be put in operation with more ample endowments. The salaries of some of the officers require to be eularged, to induce men of talents to fill these places for any length of time ; and the number of tutors might be advantageously increased. But it is peculiarly desirable that a theological school should be establisbed, where students for the ministry may be supported, and a professor or professors appointed, who shall devote themselves to the instruction of resident graduates in Biblical criticism, and in the qualifications for the pulpit.

It would be a very agreeable employment to some one acquainted with our academical annals, to collect and publish a history of this university, or an Athenae Harvardienses. In a few years it will he. come almost impracticable.

SERMONS

BY THE LATE

REVEREND JOSEPH S. BUCKMINSTER.

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