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At my leaving Cambridge August the 14th, Extempore.

1 Cambridge adieu! I ne'er shall see thee more,
2 Nor feast my Soul at Learning's mighty Store;
3 Not one fresh Drop of thy ambrosial Sense,
4 To quench my Thirst at learned Cham's Expence;
5 Apollo's Fountain I must ever quit,
6 Who's only Nectar is the streams of Wit;
7 I thy fair Colleges no more shall see,
8 Each Greece, Rome, Athens, in Epitomy;
9 The antient infant Learning which they taught,
10 Could only here be to Perfection brought;
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11 They've finish'd all, each long hid Spring discern,
12 The Gods themselves may hover here and learn;
13 And if in every Grace they would advance,
14 Let B— give Wit, and G— teach Complaisance;
15 To th' sacred Vatican no more I come,
16 But grieve like Ovid when excluded Rome.


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Title (in Source Edition): At my leaving Cambridge August the 14th, Extempore.
Themes: grief
Genres: heroic couplet

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Egerton, Sarah Fyge, 1668-1723. Poems on Several Occasions, Together with a Pastoral. By Mrs. S. F. [poems only] London: printed, and are to be sold by J. Nutt, near Stationers-Hall, 1703, pp. 35-36. [20],117,[3],15,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T125148)

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