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Where Peace descending bids her olives spring,
ODE for MUSIC
ST. CECILIA'S DAY.
Deshe breathing instruments inspire,
Wake into voice each silent string,
5 Let the warbling lute complain :
Let the loud trumpet found,
While Ode for Music.] 'This is one of the most artful as well as sublime of our Poet's smaller compositions. The first ftanza is a description of the various tones and measures in music. The second relates their power over the several passions in general. The third, their use in "inspiring the Heroic passions in particular. The fourth, fifth, and foxth, their power over all nature in the fable of Orpheus's expedition to hell; which subject of illustration arose naturally out of the preceding mention of the Argonautic expedition, where Orpheus gives an example of the use of Music to inspire the heroic passions. The seventh and laft concludes in praise of Music, and the advantages of the sacred above the prophane.
While in more lengthen'd notes and flow,
Hark! the numbers soft and clear,
And fill with spreading sounds the skies ;
"Till, by degrees, remote and small,
The strains decay,
And melt away,
By Music, minds an equal témpér know,
Nor swell too high, nor sink too low. If in the breast tumultuous joys arise, Music her soft, assuasive voice applies;
Or, when the soul is press’d with cares,
Exalts her in enlivening airs.
Melancholy lifts her head,
List’ning Envy drops her snakes;
wage, And giddy Factions hear away their rage.
But when our Country's cause provokes to Arms,