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But when our country's cause provokes to arms,
Inflamed with glory's charms :
And seas, and rocks, and skies rebound,
• To arms, to arms, to arms!'
But when, through all the infernal bounds,
Love, strong as death, the poet led
What sounds were heard,
What scenes appear’d,
See, shady forms advance!
65 Thy stone, O Sisyphus, stands still, Ixion rests upon
his wheel, And the pale spectres dance: The Furies sink upon their iron beds, And snakes uncurl'd hang listening round their heads.
• By the streams that ever flow,
O'er the Elysian flowers;
Or amaranthine bowers;
Wandering in the myrtle grove;-
He sung, and hell consented
To hear the poet's prayer:
Thus song could prevail
O’er death and o'er hell ;
Though fate had fast bound her
With Styx nine times round her, Yet Music and Love were victorious.
But soon, too soon, the lover turns his eyes :
Now under hanging mountains,
And calls her ghost,
109 See, wild as the winds, o'er the desert he flies : Hark! Hæmus resounds with the Bacchanals' cries:
Ah, see, he dies ! Yet ev’n in death Eurydice he sung ; Eurydice still trembled on his tongue ; Eurydice the woods,
115 Eurydice the floods, Eurydice the rocks and hollow mountains rung.
Music the fiercest grief can charm,
Our joys below it can improve,
And antedate the bliss above. This the divine Cecilia found, And to her Maker's praise confined the sound. When the full organ joins the tuneful quire, 126 The immortal powers
incline their ear; Borne on the swelling notes, our souls aspire, While solemn airs improve the sacred fire ; And angels lean from heaven to hear.
130 Of Orpheus now no more let poets tell ;
To bright Cecilia greater power is given : His numbers raised a shade from hell,
Hers lift the soul to heaven.
TO THE TRAGEDY OF BRUTUS.*
CHORUS OF ATHENIANS.
YE shades, where sacred truth is sought;
Unspotted long with human blood.
0, heaven-born sisters, source of art !
Moral Truth, and mystic Song ! * Altered from Shakspeare by the duke of Buckingham, at whose desire these two Choruses were composed, to supply as many wanting in his play. They were set, many years afterwards, by the famous Bononcini, and performed at Buckingham-house.