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Of Jove, thy magic lulls the feather'd king

With ruffled plumes, and flagging wing:

Quench'd in dark clouds of Number lie

The terror of his beak, and lightnings of his eye.

I. 3.

Thee the voice, the dance, obey,

Temper’d to thy warbled lay.

O'er Idalia's velvet-green

The rosy-crowned Loves are seen

On Cytherea's day

With antic sports, and blue-eyed Pleasures,

Frisking light in frolic measures ;

· Power of harmony to produce all the graces of motion in the body.

Now

Now pursuing, now retreating,

Now in circling troops they meet:

To brisk notes in cadence beating

mGlance their many-twinkling feet.

Slow melting strains their Queen's approach declare :

Where'er the turns the Graces homage pay.

With arms fublime, that float upon the air,

In gliding state she wins her easy way:

O’er her warm cheek, and rising bosom, move

The bloom of young Desire, and purple light of Love.

τη Μαρμαρυγάς θηείτο ποδών: θαύμαζε δε θυμώ.

HOMER, Od. @.

» Λάμπει δ' επί πορφυρέησι

Παρείησι φώς έρατος. .

PHRYNICY US, apud Athenæum.

II.

I.

• Man's feeble race what Ills await,

Labour, and Penury, the racks of Pain,

Disease, and Sorrow's weeping train,

And Death, fad refuge from the storms of Fate !

The fond complaint, my Song, disprove,

And justify the laws of Jove.

Say, has he giv’n in vain the heav'nly Muse?

Night, and all her fickly dews,

Her Spectres wan, and Birds of boding cry,

He gives to range the dreary sky:

To compensate the real and imaginary ills of life, the Muse was given to Mankind by the same Providence that sends the Day by its chearful presence to dispel the gloom and terrors of the Night.

Till down the eastern cliffs afar

Hyperion's march they spy, and glitt'ring fhafts of war.

II. 2.

9 In climes beyond the solar' road,

Where shaggy forms o'er ice-built mountains roam,

The Mufe has broke the twilight-gloom

To chear the fhiv'ring Native's dull abode.

P Or seen the Morning's well-appointed Star

Come marching up the eastern hills afar.

Cowley.

• Extensive influence of poetic Genius over the remotest and most uncivilized nations : its connection with liberty, and the virtues that naturally attend on it. [See the Erle, Norwegian, and Welch Fraga ments, the Lapland and American songs.]

r“ Extra anni folisque vias"

« Tutta lontana dal camin del sole.”

Virgil.
Petrarch, Canzon 2.

And

And oft, beneath the od'rous shade

Of Chili's boundless forests laid,

She deigns to hear the favage Youth repeat

In loose numbers wildly sweet

Their feather-cinctured Chiefs, and dusky Loves.

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Progress of Poetry from Greece to Italy, and from Italy to England. Chaucer was not unacquainted with the writings of Dante or

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