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Cerne 'NtHit, cerni dices NIHIE abfque colore. Surdum audit loquitúrque nihil finie voce,

'volátque Absque ope pennarun, & graditur fine cruribus

ullis. Abfque loco motuque nihil per inane vagatur. Humano generi utilius nihil arte medendi. Ne rhombos igitur, neu Theffala murmurá ten


Idalia vacuum traje&tus arundine pectus,
Neu legat Idæo Dietuum in vertice granen,
Vulneribus fævi NIHIL auxiliatur amoris.
Vexerit & quemvis trans meestas portitor undas,
Ad fuperos imo NIHIL hunc revocabit ab oico.
Inferni nihil inflectit præcordia regis,
Parcarúmque colos, & inexorabile penfun.
Obruta Phlegræis campis Titania pubes
Fulmineo fenfit noull effe potentius ictu:
Porrigitur magni NIHIL extra mania mundi:

Diíque NIHIL metuunt. Quid longo carmine

plura Commemorem virtute NIHIL præftantius ipfa, Splendidius nihil eft; NIHIL est Jove denique

Sed tempus finem argutis imponere nugis:
Ne tibi fi multa laudem mea carmina charta,
De NIHILO NIHILI pariant fastidia versus.

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• Y A L D E N.


HOMAS YALDEN, the fixth

son of Mr. John Yalden of Sussex, was born in the city of Exeter in 1671. Having been educated in the

grammarschool belonging to Magdalen College in Oxford, he was in 1690, at the age of nineteen, admitted commoner of Magdalen Hall, under the tuition of Joseph Pullen; a man whose name is still remembered in the university. He became next year one of the scholars of

Magdalen College, where he was distinguished by a lucky accident.

It was his turn, one day, to pronounce a declamation; and Dr. Hough, the prefident, happening to attend, thought the composition too good to be the speaker's. Some time after, the doctor, finding him a little irregularly busy in the library, fet: him an exercise for punishment; and, that he might not be deceived by any artifice, locked the door. Yalden, as it happened, had been lately reading on the subject given, and produced with little difficulty a composition which so pleased the president, that he told him his former fufpicions, and promised to favour him.



Among his contemporaries in the college were Addison and Sacheverell, men who were in those times friends, and who both adopted Yalden to their intimacy. Yalden continued, throughout his life, to think as probably he thought at first, yet did not lose the friend thip of Addison.

When Namur was taken by king William, Yalden made an ode. There was never any reign more celebrated by the poets than that of William, who had very little regard for fong himself, but happened to employ ministers who pleased themselves with the praise of patronage.

Of this ode mention is made in an humorous poem of that time, called


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