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- THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO : being a Selection of the best forms, from the most Esteemide tuithor:
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NO20, Paternoster Row.
ni the powers of HARMONY in ameliorating the
native ruggedness of the human heart, and freighting it with the rich cargo of VIRTUE, BENEVOLENCE, and justice, mankind have long since, very defervedly, acknowledged the pre-eminence; nor has the human mind, in its progress hitherto, discovered any science which fo efficaciously operates to the civilization of nations, and the promotion of man's HAPPINESS, the great end of his being.
Indeed, if we examine closely, we shall find that it has ever been from the introduction of POETRY and MUSIC, both deriving their beauty and even their existence from HARMONY, their common parent, that man has, by degrees, emerged from the lavage and isolated state in which he was originally found ; that it is by the cultivation of this delightful science, that we see him formed into extensive societies, highly polished and daily improving his condition; acquiring GENTLENESS* and HUMANITY in proportion as his soul becomes attuned to, and he approximates a perfect knowledge of its true principles.
It is not difficult to account for the superior influence of HARMONY; it has been judiciously observed by an illustrious author, BAYLE, " that “ the passions determine men to act.” HARMONY, therefore, by applying directly to the passions, turns those who experience its blissful operation towards PHILANTHROPY, and fires their fouls with an
ardent desire of augmenting the FELICITY of their fellow creatures.
In fupport of the great benefits resulting to mankind, from the adoption of this charming soother of human forrows, we may quote both ancient and modern testimony. Such power did the ancients afcribe to HARMONY, that they have fabulously represented ORPHEUS, who was a great profeffor of the harmonic art, as moving to symipathy ferocious beasts, and AMPHION, as giving even stones animation by bis melody: LINUS is said to have polished human nature, and inspired favages with a thirst for knowledge by, his FOETIC SKILL; and an English author of great celebrity has emphatically said,
What then can be better calculated to conduct the mind of youth to the blissful paths of MERCY and COMMISERATION than POETRY: What more suited to sweeten the laborious hours of industry? Or when can care relax its brow with more advantage to fociety than in its Elysian fields ?
If, therefore, POETRY be desirable, and that it is few will, I believe, deny, who can contemplate without ecstacy the innumerable beauties of that luxuriant garden, into which our countrymen have fo amply transplanted, from the hot-beds of their fertile and exuberant imagination, the choicest flowers, the richest flavoured fruits, and the moft delightful evergreens, where they form a magnificent and imperishable TEMPLE to APOLLO, in which the tuneful nine will hold their court, until the scythe of time shall have fhorn the laft of mortals; for it may be truly said to resemble the bower of ADAM, thus charmingly described by MILTON in his inimitable poem of PARADISE LOST.