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able. But, to let that pass from an ill-natured man, the
rest was in praise of the Archhishop and the ingenious
architect. This ended, after loud music from the corri-
dor above, where an organ was placed, there followed
divers panegyric speeches, "both in prose and verse, inter-
changeably pronounced by the young students placed in
the rostrums, in Pindarics, Eclogues, Heroics, etc.,
mingled with excellent music, vocal and instrumental, to
entertain the ladies and the rest of the company. A
speech was then made in praise of academical learning.
This lasted from eleven in the morning till seven at
night, which was concluded with ringing of bells, and
universal joy and feasting.

loth July, 1669. The next day began the more solemn
lectures in all the faculties, which were performed in the
several schools, where all the Inceptor-Doctors did their
exercises, the Professors having first ended their read-
ing. The assembly now returned to the Theater, where
the Terra filius (the University Buffoon'] entertained the
auditory with a tedious, abusive, sarcastical rhapsody,
most unbecoming the gravity of the University, and that
so grossly, that unless it be suppressed, it will be of ill
consequence, as I afterward plainly expressed my sense
of it both to the Vice-Chancellor and several Heads of
Houses, who were perfectly ashamed of it, and resolved
to take care of it in future. The old facetious way of
rallying upon the questions was left off, falling wholly
upon persons, so that it was rather licentious lying and
railing than genuine and noble wit. In my life, I was
never witness of so shameful an entertainment.

After this ribaldry, the Proctors made their speeches.
Then began the music art, vocal and instrumental, above
in the balustrade corridor opposite to the Vice-Chancellor's
seat. Then Dr. Wallis, the mathematical Professor,
made his oration, and created one Doctor of music ac-
cording to the usual ceremonies of gown (which was of
white damask), cap, ring, kiss, etc. Next followed the
disputations of the Inceptor-Doctors in Medicine, the
speech of their Professor, Dr. Hyde, and so in course
their respective creations. Then disputed the Inceptors of
Law, the speech of their Professor, and creation. Lastly,
Inceptors of Theology: Dr. Compton (brother of the Earl
of Northampton) being junior, began with great modestythof August, 1683, is correct, the date of Evelyn's