When first the college rolls receive his name, The young enthusiast quits his ease for fame; Through all his veins the fever of renown Burns from the strong contagion of the gown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes, And pause awhile from letters, to be wise; There mark what ills the scholar's life assail, Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.
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Source Notes: "The Vanity of Human Wishes: The Tenth Satire of Juvenal Imitated" (lines 135-38, 157-60).
Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English critic, poet and essayist.
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