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Τ Η Ε
PROGRESS of POESY.
A PINDARIC ODE.
Φωναντα συνετοίσιν. ές
PINDAR, Olymp. II.
When the Author first published this and
the following Ode, he was advised, even by his Friends, to subjoin some few explanatory Notes; but he had too much respect for the understanding of his Readers to take that liberty.
* Awake, up my glory: awake, lute and harp.
The faughing flow'rs, that round them blow,
The subject and fimile, as usual with Pindar, are united. The various sources of poetry, which gives life and lustre to all it touches, are here defcribed ; its quiet majestic progress enriching every subject (otherwise dry and barren) with a pomp of diction and luxuriant harmony of numbers ; and its more rapid and irresistible course, when swoln and hurried away by the confli&t of tumultuous passions
* Oh! Sovereign of the willing soul,
And frantic Passions hear thy soft controul.
Power of harmony to calm the turbulent sallies of the soul. The thoughts are borrowed from the first Pythian Ode of Pindar,
+ This is a weak imitation of some incomparable lines in the fame Ode.