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“ Confess her scanty power, correct, controul,
Yes, I will hear thee, dear lamented shade,
melodious numbers; so shall praise, If aught of praise the verse I weave may claim, From just posterity reward my song,
FRAGMENT OF AN ODE
DEATH OF MR. GRAY.
Fair are the gardens of the Aonian mount,
And sweet those blooming flow'rs
Which paint the Maiden's bow'rs.
Swift they wind through chequer'd allies;
Huddling down to th’ open vallies ; Where the quick ripple in the sunbeams plays, Turning to endless forms each glance of twinkling
O'er the gay scene th' enamour'd inmates roam:
Alas! for whom !
Many a sad and sable mood,
Keep death-like silence on their native shore,
Flown is the spirit of GRAY
That to breathe harmonious lay.
They bid their plaintive accents fill
With liquid voice and magic hand
Calliope informs the band : Hush'd are the warblers of the grove, attentive to
66 Soft and slow
" Let the melting measures flow,
" Who saw'st the Poet's flame expire,
“ O'er his well-deserving head.
 Cambridge University, where Gray died.
" When Milton pour'd the sweets of song
“ On Lycidas sunk low. « Now wake that faithfullyremute Dulness
6 reigns : “ Your echoes waft no more the friendly theme; “ Clogg'd with thick vapours from the neighb'ring
“ plains, “ Where old Cam hardly moves his sluggard
66 stream, “ But when some public cause « Claims festive song, or more melodious tear, “ Discordant murmurs grate mine ear.
“ Ne'er modeld by Pierian laws, " Then idly glares full many a motley toy, u Anacreontic grief, and creeping strains of joy.
6 Far other modes were thine,
66 Victim of hasty fate, " Whom now the powers of melody deplore;
“Whether in lofty state
“ Thou bad'st thy train divine “ Of raptures on Pindaric pinions soar:
In 1638 the University published a volume of poems to the memory of Mr. Edward King, Milton's Lycidas.
 See Gray's Pindaric Odes.
“ Or hoping from thyself to fly
“ To childhoods careless scenes(65), 56 Thou sen 'st a warm refreshing eye
66 Ou Nature's faded greens: “ Or when thy calm and steadfast mind
“ With philosophic reach profound “ Sell pleasing vanities resign'd,
“ Fond of the look, that loves the ground ; “ Discern’d by Reason's equal light, “How gaudy Fortune cheats the sight;
“ While the coarse maid, inur’d to pain, “ Supports the lab'ring heart, and Virtue's happiest
« reign. “ But most the music of thy plaintive moan
“ With lengthen’d note detains the list’ning ear, “ As lost in thought thou wander'st all alone
“ Where spirits hover round their mansions drear.
By Contemplation's eye serenely view'd,
“ Each lowly object wears an awful mien : “ 'Tis our own blindness veils the latent good :
" The works of Nature need but to be seen.
 Ode on a distant prospect of Eton College.  Hymn to Adversity.  Church-yard Elegy.