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- PROGRESS of POESY.
A PINDARIC ODE.
Φωνάντα συνετοίσιν. ές
PINDAR, Olymp. II.
When the Author first published this and
the following Ode, he was advised, even by his Friends, to subjoin some few explanatory Notes; but he had too much respect for the understanding of his Readers to take that liberty.
PROGRESS OF POESY,
A PINDARIC O DE.
A WAKE, Æolian lyre, awake,
A thousand rills their mazy progress take:
* Awake, up my glory: awake, lute and harp.
David's Psalms. Pindar styles his own poetry with its musical accompaniments, Λιολήύς μολπή, Αιόλιδες χορδαί, Αιολίδων πνοαι αυλών,
Æolian song, Æolian strings, the breath of the Æolian flute.
The laughing flow'rs, that round them blow,
The subject and simile, as usual with Pindar, are united. The various sources of poetry, which gives life and lustre to all it touches, are here described ; its quiet majestic progress enriching every subject (otherwise dry and barren) with a pomp of di&tion and luxuriant harmony of numbers ; and its more rapid and irresistible course, when swoln and hurried away by the conflict of tumultuous passions,
1. 2. : * Oh! Sovereign of the willing soul, Parent of sweet and solemn-breathing airs, Enchanting shell! the fullen Cares,
And frantic Passions hear thy soft controul. On Thracia's hills the Lord of War, Has curb'd the fury of his car, And drop'd his thirsty lance at thy command. + Perching on the sceptred hand Of Jove, thy magic lulls the feather’d king With ruffled plumes, and flagging wing: Quench'd in dark clouds of sumber lie The terror of his beak, and light'nings of his eye.
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* Power of harmony to calm the turbulent fal. lies of the soul. The thoughts are borrowed from the first Pythian Ode of Pindar.
+ This is a weak imitation of some incomparable lines in the fame Ode. :'