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ODES.

FRAGMENT.

TO REYNOLDS, MAY, 1818.

" It is impossible to know how far knowledge will console us for the death of a friend and the ill that flesh is heir to.' With respect to the affections and poetry, you must know by a sympathy my thoughts that way, and I dare say these few lines will be but a ratification. "I wrote them on May-day, and intend to finish the ode all in good time."

OTHER of Hermes! and still youthful Maia!

May I sing to thee As thou wast hymned on the shores of Baiæ ?

Or may I woo thee
In earlier Sicilian? or thy smiles
Seek as they once were sought, in Grecian isles,
By bards who died content on pleasant sward,
Leaving great verse unto a little clan?
O, give me their old vigour, and unheard
Save of the quiet primrose, and the span

Of heaven and sew ears,
Rounded by thee, my song should die away

Content as theirs,
Rich in the simple worship of a day.'

· It is much to be regretted and expression persect, as he did not finish this ode; every traveller in modern this commencement is in his Greece will recognize.-ED. best manner: the sentiment Vol. III.

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