Punch,  15 (1848), 223.

The Old and New Cantab



Poetry, Drollery


Universities, Education, Mathematics, Political Economy

    Laments the passing of the 'olden time' at the University of Cambridge when students 'took "a coach" with cram what brains he'd left to stow— / Arithmetic to the Rule of Three, and some Algebra, also'. Referring to the university's decision to teach political economy, grumbles that the 'Cantab' will 'put off the old Adam for the new one—Adam Smith; / Political Economy will bring provate, p'r'aps therewith; / At Ge— or else The—ology he'll spend his pluck and pith, / Tea and Theorems ousting loo and lush, which will all be a myth'.

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