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To bitter Scorn a sacrifice,
And grivning Infamy.
That mocks the tear it forced to flow and keen Remorse, with bloot defiled, And moody Madness laughing wild
Amid severest woe.
Lo! in the vale of years beneath,
A grisly troop are seen, The painful family of Death,
More hideous than their queen : 'This racks the joints, this fires the veins, That every labouring sinew strains,
Those in the deeper vitals rage :
And slow-consuming Age.
To each his sufferings : all are men,
Condemn'd alike to groan; The tender for another's pain,
The' unfeeling for his own. Yet, ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies ? Thought would destroy their paradise. No more ;-where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
Τον φρονείν Βρoτους οδώ-
DAUGHTER of Jove, relentless power,
Thou tamer of the human breast,
The bad affright, afflict the best!
And purple tyrants vainly groan
When first thy sire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling child, design'd, To thee he gave the heavenly birth,
And bade to form her infant mind, Stern rugged nurse! thy rigid lore With patience many a year she bore :
What sorrow was, thou bad’st her know, And from her own she learn'd to melt at others' Scared at thy frown terrific, fly
Self-pleasing Folly's idle brood, Wild Laughter, Noise, and thouglıtless Joy,
And leave us leisure to be good. Light they disperse, and with them go The summer friend, the flattering foe;
By vain Prosperity received, To her they vow their truth, and are again be.
Wisdom in sable garb array'd
Immersed in rapturous thought profound, And Melancholy, silent maid,
With leaden eye that loves the ground,
With Justice, to herself severe,
Dread goddess, lay thy chastening hand ! Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,
Not circled with the vengeful band (As by the impious thou art seen); With thundering voice, and threatening mien,
With screaming Horror's funeral cry, Despair, and fell Disease, and ghastly Poverty: Thy form benign, oh goddess, wear,
Thy milder influence impart,
To soften, not to wound my heart.
The generous spark extinct revive,
Exact iny own defects to scan,
THE PROGRESS OF POESY.
Φωνάντα συνετοίσιν ες
A thousand rills their mazy progress take : The laughing flowers, that round them blow, Drink life and fragrance as they fow.
Ver. 1. Awake, Æolian lyre, awake] Awake, my glory: awake, lute and harp.” David's Psalms.
VARIATION.—“Awake, my lyre: my glory, wake.”
Pindar styles his own poetry, with its musical accompaniments, Αίοληΐς μολπη, Αιόλιδες χορδαί,
Now the rich stream of music winds along,
pour : The rocks and nodding groves rebellow to the
Oh! Sovereign of the willing soul, Parent of sweet and solemn-breathing airs, Enchanting shell! the sullen Cares
And frantic Passions hear thy soft control. On Thracia's hills the Lord of War Has curb’d the fury of his car, And dropp'd his thirsty lance at thy command.
Aiodídwy aroui aixwv,' Æolian song, Æolian strings, the breath of the Æolian flute.'
The subject and simile, as usual with Pindar, are united. The various sources of poetry, which give 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 diction and luxuriant harmony of numbers; and its more rapid and irresistible course, when swoln and hurried away by the conflict of tumultuous passions.
Ver. 13. Oh! Sovereign of the willing soul] Power of harmony to calm the turbulent sallies of the soul. The thoughts are borrowed from the first Pythian of Piudar.