Odes and Miscellanies

Odes and Miscellanies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1796 edition. Excerpt: ... torrid, or the frigid zone, Beyond the blaze of day. E'en savage natures they disarm, And lull them with their potent charm, The brinded pard, unmatch'd in ire, Discards his threatful spots, and listens to the lyre. The Muses crown the youthful train, Please drooping age and soothe it's pain; The Muses grace the regal throne, The ducal crown adorn, To lowly poverty are known, And strip it of it's thorn. When health impair'd, or hanging showers, Confine ourselves at home, They lead us to their magic bowers, And teach our minds to roam. Thro' all the watches of the night, In fairy-wise, they stand around, And make the horrid gloom delight, And cure disease's tedious wound, They banish strife, and heart-fed care, And soothe to peaceful rest the torturing fiend Despair. Tell me, ye sordid sons of gain, Who seek it o'er the swelling main, Can splendent heaps of gems and gold, Pleasures so chaste, so pure unfold? Can riches civilize the mind, And raise us from ourselves refin'd? Or do n't they rather clog this fine machine, And weigh us down to earth, and from true pleasure wean? But lo! the sister-train appear, . Observe that meek, that dove-eyed maid, In simplest elegance array'd, Who smiling guards the rear; Her name is Virtue, to the Muses dear: Whoe'er approaches to their fair abode, Untaught by her to tread the flowery road, Returns confus'd, abash'd, derided by the crowd. Behind, a visionary band My rapt eyes see, or seem to see, The favour'd sons of every land, Since rolling years began to be. High above all the Greecian poets rears Pre-eminent the blind Smyrnean bard, Whose genius like 8 mounting flame appears, Which nought has power to weaken or...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236763920
  • 9781236763921