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Raven he was, yet was no gloomie fowle,
Merrie at hearte, though innocente of soule;
Where'er he perkt, the birds that came anighe
Constrayned caught the humour of his eye:
Under that shade no spights and wrongs were

spred,
Care came not nigh with his uncomlie head.

Somewhile the thicke embranching trees amongo,
Where Isis doth his waters leade alonge,
Kissinge with modeste lippe the holie soyle,
Reflecting backe each hallowed grove the while;
Here did my raven trie his dulcive note,
Charming old Science with his mellow throat.

Sometimes with scholiasts deep in anciente lore,
Through learnings long defyles he would explore;
Then with keene wit untie the perplext knot
Of Aristotle or the cunning Scot;
Anon loud laughter shook the arched hall,
For mirth stood redy at his potenta call.

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Oxforde, thou couldst not binde his outspred wing, My raven flew where bade his princelye king ; Norwiche must honours give he did not crave, Norwiche must lend his palace and his grave;

And that kinde hearte which gave such vertne

birth

Must here be shrouded in the greedie earth.

Ofte hath thy humble lay-clerke led along,
When thou wert by, the eve or matin song ;
And oftimes rounde thy marble shall be strole,
To chaunte sad requiems to thy soothed soul jos
Sleep on, till Gabriel's trump shall break thy sleep
And thou and I one heavenlie holiday shall keep.

Bp. Corbet's Poems.

POEMS.

DR. THOMAS RAVIS.

In the following tribute to the memory of a fellow-collegian, and predecessor in the deanery of Christ Church, it will not be too much to conjec. ture that Corbet was urged by gratitude for kind. ness experienced while the latter was young. The

Elegie” was evidently written immediately upon the interment of its subject, as towards its con. clusion he complains that no tomb was raised

over his remains; a complaint which was soon

after obviated, when a fair monument was erect. ed, bearing the following inscription, which con. tains all that is necessary to be told here of the

circumstances of his life and character:

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