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OXFORD, MAY 30, 1820

          YE sacred Nurseries of blooming Youth!
          In whose collegiate shelter England's Flowers
          Expand, enjoying through their vernal hours
          The air of liberty, the light of truth;
          Much have ye suffered from Time's gnawing tooth:
          Yet, O ye spires of Oxford! domes and towers!
          Gardens and groves! your presence overpowers
          The soberness of reason; till, in sooth,
          Transformed, and rushing on a bold exchange,
          I slight my own beloved Cam, to range                       10
          Where silver Isis leads my stripling feet;
          Pace the long avenue, or glide adown
          The stream-like windings of that glorious street--
          An eager Novice robed in fluttering gown!


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