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What though nor real voice nor sound
Amid their radiant orbs be found !

20 In reason's ear they all rejoice, And utter forth a glorious voice, For ever singing, as they shine, “ The band that made us is divine."






WHEN Music, heavenly maid, was young,
While yet in early Greece she sung,
The PASSIONS oft, to hear her shell,
Throng'd around her magic cell,
Exulting, trembling, raging, fainting,
Possest beyond the Muse's painting :
By turns they felt the glowing mind
Disturb'd, delighted, raised, refined ;
Till once, 't is said, when all were fired,
Fill’d with fury, rapt, inspired,
From the supporting myrtles round
They snatch'd her instruments of sound;
And, as they oft had heard apart
Sweet lessons of her forceful art,
Each (for Madness ruled the hour)

prove his own expressive power. First FEAR his hand, its skill to try,

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

Ev'n at the sound himself had made.


20 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 hand the strings. With woful measures wan DESPAIR,

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

'T was sad by fits, by starts 't was wild.


But thou, O HOPE, with eyes so fair,
What was thy delighted measure ?

30 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 callid on Echo still, through all the song ; 35

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 :

40 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 woe! 45

And, ever and anon, he beat

The doubling drum, with furious heat;
And though sometimes, each dreary pause between,

Dejected Pity, at his side,
Her soul-subduing voice applied,


Yet still he kept his wild unalter'd mien [his head. While each strain’d ball of sight seem'd bursting from Thy numbers, JEALOUSY, to naught were fix'd;

Sad proof of thy distressful state! Of differing themes the veering song was mix'd; 55

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,

60 Pour'd through the mellow horn her pensive soul:

And, dashing soft from rocks around,

Bubbling runnels join'd the sound; Through glades and glooms the mingled measure stole, Or, o'er some haunted stream, with fond delay, 65

Round a holy calm diffusing,

Love of peace, and lonely musing, In hollow murmurs died away. But O! how alter'd was its sprightlier tone, When CHEERFULNESS, a nymph of healthiest hue, 70

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,

76 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:

80 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, 85

They saw, in Tempe’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; 90
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.



O 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, 0 nymph endeard !
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, energetic, chaste, sublime !
Thy wonders, in that godlike age,
Fill thy recording Sister's page
'T is 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;


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Ev'n all at once together found,
Cecilia's mingled world of sound-
O bid our vain endeavours cease;
Revive the just designs of Greece:
Return in all thy simple state!
Confirm the tales her sons relate !




'T was at the royal feast, for Persia won

By Philip's warlike son:
Aloft in awful state
The godlike hero sate

On his imperial throne :

His valiant peers were placed around:
Their brows with roses and with myrtle bound:

(So should desert in arms be crown'd.)
The lovely Thais, by his side,
Sate like a blooming Eastern bride
In flower of youth and beauty's pride.

Happy, happy, happy pair !
None but the brave,
None but the brave,

None but the brave deserves the fair.
Timotheus, placed on high

Amid the tuneful quire,

With flying fingers touch'd the lyre:
The trembling notes ascend the sky,

And heavenly joys inspire.
The song began from Jove,
Who left his blissful seats above,



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