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Where Peace descending bids her olives spring,
ODE for MUSIC
The breathing instruments inspire,
Let the loud trumpet sound,
While Ode for Music.] 'This is one of the most artful as well as fublime of our Poet's smaller compositions. The first ftanza is a description of the various tones and measures in music. The second relates their power over the several passions in general. The third, their use in inspiring the Heroic passions in particular. The fourth, fifth, and foxth, their power over all nature in the fable of Orpheus's expedition to hell; which subject of illuftration arose naturally out of the preceding mention of the Argonautic expedition, where Orpheus gives an example of the use of Music to inspire the heroic passions. The seventh and laft concludes in praise of Music, and the advantages of the sacred above the prophane.
While in more lengthen'd notes and Now, 10
Hark! the numbers soft and clear,
15 Exulting in triumph now swell the bold notes, In broken air, trembling, the wild music floats ;
'Till, by degrees, remote and fmall,
The strains decay,
20 In a dying, dying fall.
Nor swell too high, nor sink too low.
25 Or, when the soul is press’d with cares,
Exalts her in-enlivening airs.
List’ning Envy drops her snakes ;