Eva Matthews Sanford (1894-1954), "De Disciplina Scholarium: A Mediaeval Handbook on the Care and Training of Scholars,"
28.2 (November, 1932) 82-95 (at 82):
Now is he Master dubbed, of Arts,
This is no twentieth-century diatribe against the inefficiency
of our universities, against the "degree-mill" and the reckoning
of scholarly attainments in terms of examinations and fees. Were
it such, the Ph.D. would inevitably have its verse before the
bachelors and masters came in for their humble share of accusation.
Who cannot put their several parts
On any sure foundation.
To have the name alone he yearns,
The thing he neither loves nor learns,
Save for examination.
Now gain the baccalaureate
At merely their tuition's rate,
A shocking lot of dullards.
Dumb beasts we now promoted see
In Arts and in Philosophy,
To take the place of scholards.1
1 A twelfth century satire on bachelors and masters of arts, published by
Du Meril, Poésies populaires: Paris, Didot (1827), p. 153. To avert the
skepticism of the incredulous, I append the Latin text:
Jam fit magister artium
Qui nescit quotas partium
De vero fundamento.
Habere nomen appetit,
Rem vero nec curat nec scit,
Jam fiunt baccalaurei,
Pro munere denarii,
In artibus an aliis
Sunt bestiae promotae.
The date of Du Meril's Poésies populaires
is incorrect. It should be 1847, not 1827. Also, Du Meril prints ab, not an, in the third line from the end.