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And, as they oft had heard apart
Sweet lessons of her forceful art,
Each, for madness ruled the hour,
Would prove his own expressive power.
First Fear his hand, its skill to try,

Amid the chords bewilder'd laid,
And back recoild, he knew not why,

E'en at the sound himself had made.

Next Anger rush'd, his eyes on fire,

In lightnings own'd his secret stings, In one rude clash he struck the lyre,

And swept with hurried hands the strings, With woful measures wan Despair

Low sullen sounds his grief beguiled, A solemn, strange, and mingled air,

'Twas sad by fits, by starts 'twas wild. But thou, oh Hope, with eyes so fair,

What was thy delightful measure? Still it whisper'd promised pleasure,

And bade the lovely scenes at distance hail ! Still would her touch the strain prolong,

And from the rocks, the woods, the vale, She call'd on Echo still through all the song;

And where her sweetest theme she chose,

A soft responsive voice was heard at every close, And hope enchanted smiled, and waved her golden

hair. And longer had she sung—but, with a frown,

Revenge impatient rose,
He threw his blood-stain'd sword in thunder down,

And, with a withering look,
The war-denouncing trumpet took,
And blew a blast so loud and dread,
Were ne'er prophetic sound so full of wo.

And ever and anon he beat
The doubling drum with furious heat;

VOL. 1.-CC

And though sometimes, each dreary pause be

tween,
Dejected Pity at his side

Her soul-subduing voice applied,
Yet still he kept his wild unalter'd mien,
While each strain’d ball of sight seem'd bursting

from his head.

Thy numbers, Jealousy, to naught were fix'd,

Šad proof of thy distressful state, Of differing themes the veering song was mix'd, And now it courted Love, now, raving, callid on

Hate.

With eyes upraised, as one inspired,
Pale Melancholy sat retired,
And from her wild sequester'd seat,
In notes by distance made more sweet,
Pour'd through the mellow hom her pensive soul :

And dashing soft from rocks around,

Bubbling runnels join'd the sound; Through glades and glooms the mingled measura

stole, Or o'er some haunted streams with fond delay,

Round an holy calm diffusing,

Love of peace and lonely musing,
In hollow murmurs died away.
But oh, how alter'd was its sprightlier tone!
When Cheerfulness, a nymph of healthiest hue,

Her bow across her shoulder flung,

Her buskins gemm’d with morning dew,
Blew an inspiring air, that dale and thicket rung.

The hunter's call to Faun and Dryad known;
The oak-crown'd sisters, and their chaste-eyed

queen,
Satyrs and sylvan boys were seen,

Peeping from forth their alleys green;
Brown Exercise rejoiced to hear,

And Sport leap'd up, and seized his beechen spear

Last came Joy's ecstatic trial,
He, with viny crown advancing,

First to the lively pipe his hand address'd,
But soon he saw the brisk-awakening viol,
Whose sweet entrancing voice he loved the best.

They would have thought, who heard the strain,
They saw in Tempé's vale her native maids,

Amidst the festal-sounding shades,
To some unwearied minstrel dancing,

While, as his flying fingers kiss'd the strings,
Love framed with Mirth a gay fantastic round.
Loose were her tresses seen, her zone unbound,

And he, amidst his frolic play,
As if he would the charming air repay,
Shook thousand odours from his dewy wings.

Oh Music, sphere-descended maid,
Friend of Pleasure, Wisdom's aid,
Why, goddess, why, to us denied,
Lay'st thou thy ancient lyre aside ?
As in that loved Athenian bower
You learn'd an all-commanding power,
Thy mimic soul, oh nymph endear'd,
Can well recall what then it heard.
Where is thy native, simple heart,
Devote to Virtue, Fancy, Art?
Arise, as in that elder time,
Warm, energic, chaste, sublime!
Thy wonders in that godlike age
Fill thy recording sister's page.
'Tis said, and I believe the tale,
Thy humblest reed could more prevail,
Had more of strength, diviner rage,
Than all which charms this laggard age,
E'en all at once together found,
Cæcilia's mingled world of sound.
Oh, bid our vain endeavours cease,
Revive the just designs of Greece,
Return in all thy simple state!
Confirm the tales her sons relate!

ODE ON THE POETICAL CHARACTER.

As once, if not with light regard
I read aright that gifted bard
(Him whose school above the rest
His loveliest elfin-queen has bless'd),
One, only one unrivall'd fair
Might hope the magic girdle wear,
At solemn tournay hung on high,
The wish of each love-darting eye ;
Lo! to each other nymph in turn applied,
As if, in air unseen, some hovering hand,
Some chaste and angel friend to virgin fame,

With whisper'd spell had burst the starting band, It left unbless'd her loathed, dishonour'd side;

Happier, hopeless fair, if never

Her baffled hand with vain endeavour
Had touch'd that fatal zone to her denied !
Young Fancy thus, to me divinest name,

To whom, prepared and bathed in heaven,
The cest of amplest power is given,

To few the godlike gift assigns,
To gird their bless'd prophetic loins,
And gaze her visions wild, and feel unmix'd hei
The band, as fairy legends say,

[flame Was wove on that creating day. When he, who call'd with thought to birth Yon tented sky, this laughing earth, And dress'd with springs and forests tall, And pour’d the main engirting all, Long by the loved enthusiast woo'd, Himself in some diviner mood, Retiring, sate with her alone, And placed her on his sapphire throne : The whiles, the vaulted shrine around, Seraphic wires were heard to sound, Now sublimest triumph swelling, Now on love and mercy dwelling: And she, from out the veiling cloud, Breathed her magic notes aloud :

And thou, thou rich-hair'd youth of morn,
And all thy subject life was born!
The dangerous passions kept aloof,
Far from the sainted growing woof:
But near it sate ecstatic wonder,
Listening the deep-applauding thunder:
And truth, in sunny vest array'd,
By whose the Tarsol's eyes were made.
All the shadowy tribes of mind,
In braided dance their murmurs join'd;
And all the bright uncounted powers,
Who feed on heaven's ambrosial flowers.
Where is the bard, whose soul can now
Its high presuming hopes avow?
Where he who thinks, with rapture blind,
This hallow'd work for him design'd?
High on some cliff, to heav'n up-piled,
Of rude access, of prospect wild,
Where, tangled round the jealous steep,
Strange shapes o’erbrow the valleys deep,
And holy genii guard the rock,
Its glooms imbrown, its springs unlock,
While on its rich ambitious head,
An Eden, like his own, lies spread;
I view that oak, the fancied glades among,
By which, as Milton lay, his evening ear,
From many a cloud'that dropp'd ethereal dew,
Nigh sphered in heaven its native strains could hear;
On which that ancient trump he reach'd was hung.

Thither oft his glory greeting,
From Waller's myrtle shades retreating,
With many a vow from hope's aspiring tongue,
My trembling feet his guiding steps pursue ;

In vain-Such bliss to one alone
Of all the sons of soul was known;
And Heaven and Fancy, kindred powers,

Have now o’erturn'd th’ inspiring bowers,
Or curtain'd close such scene from every future view,

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