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Infatuate all who make delight their trade, And coy perdition every hour pursue. Who pines with love, or in lascivious flames Consumes, is with his own consent undone: He chooses to be wretched, to be mad; And warn'd proceeds and wilful to his fate. But there's a passion, whose tempestuous sway Tears up each virtue planted in the breast, And shakes to ruins proud philosophy. For pale and trembling anger rushes in, With fault'ring speech, and eyes that wildly stare; Fierce as the tiger, madder than the seas, Desperate, and arm'd with more than human strength. How soon the calm, humane, and polish'd man Forgets compunction, and starts up a fiend! Who pines in love, or wastes with silent cares, Envy, or ignominy, or tender grief, Slowly descends, and ling’ring to the shades. But he whom anger stings, drops, if he dies, At once, and rushes apoplectic down; Or a fierce sever hurries him to hell. For, as the body through unnumber'd strings Reverberates each vibration of the soul; As is the passion, such is still the pain The body feels: or chronic, or acute. And oft a sudden storm at once o'erpowers The life, or gives your reason to the winds. Such fates attend the rash alarm of fear, And sudden grief, and rage, and sudden joy. There are, mean time, to whom the boist'rous fit Is health, and only fills the sails of life. For where the mind a torpid winter leads, Wrapt in a body corpulent and cold, And each clogg'd function lazily moves on; A generous sally spurns th’ incumbent load, Unlocks the breast, and gives a cordial glow. But if your wrathful blood is apt to boil, Or are your nerves too irritably strung, Waive all dispute; be cautious, if you joke; Keep lent for ever; and forswear the bowl: For one rash moment sends you to the shades, Or shatters ev'ry hopeful scheme of life, And gives to horror all your days to come. Fate, arm'd with thunder, fire, and ev'ry plague That ruins, tortures, or distracts mankind, And makes the happy wretched in an hour, O'erwhelms you not with woes so horrible As your own wrath, nor gives more sudden blows. While choler works, good friend, you may be wrong; Distrust yourself, and sleep before you fight. 'Tis not too late to-morrow to be brave; If honour bids, to-morrow kill or die. But calm advice against a raging fit Avails too little; and it braves the power

Of all that ever taught in prose or song, To tame the fiend that sleeps a gentle lamb, And wakes a lion. Unprovok'd and calm, You reason well; see as you ought to see, And wonder at the madness of mankind: Seiz'd with the common rage, you soon forgot The speculations of your wiser hours. Beset with furies of all deadly shapes, Fierce and insidious, violent and slow: With all that urge or lure us on to fate: What refuge shall we seek? what arms prote Where reason proves too weak, or void of wie To cope with subtle or impetuous powers, I would invoke new passions to your aid: With indignation would extinguish fear, With fear or generous pity vanquish rage, And love with pride; and force to force oppo. There is a charm, a power, that sways theo Bids every passion revel or be still; Inspires with rage, or all your cares disks Can soothe distraction, and almost despair. That power is music: far beyond the sold Of those unmeaning warblers on our so; Those clumsy heroes, those fat-headed gods. Who move no passion justly but contempo Who, like our dancers (light indeed and strong) Do wondrous feats, but never heard of;" The fault is ours; we bear those monstro" Good Heaven! we praise them: we, with wo peals, Applaud the fool that highest lists his heels; And, with insipid show of rapture, die Of idiot notes impertinently long. But he the Muse's laurel justly shares. . A poet he, and touch'd with Heaven's "" Who, with bold rage or solemn pomp of sounds Inflames, exalts, and ravishes the soul; Now tender, plaintive, sweet almost to pain. In love dissolves you; now in sprightly." -Breathes a gay rapture through yourthrilling” Or melts the heart with airs divinely so Or wakes to horror the tremendous st"F* . Such was the bard, whose heavenly strains dio Appeas'd the fiend of melancholy Saul, Such was, if old and heathen fame *" The man who bade the Theban domes ascend, And tam'd the savage nations with his song; And such the Thracian, whose melodio Tun'd to soft woe, made all the mou" werp: Sooth'd even th’ inexorable powers of hell, And half redeem'd his lost Eurydice. Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, Expels diseases, softens every pain. subdues the rage of poison, and the Po And hence the wise of ancient days" One power of physic, melody, and **

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