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ODE to SIMPLICITY.
1. O tHou by Nature taught,
To breathe her genuine Thought,
Who first on Mountains wild,
In Fancy loveliest Child, Thy Babe, or Pleasure's, nurs’d the Pow'rs of Song !
2. Thou, who with Hermit Heart
Disdain'st the Wealth of Art, And Gauds, and pageant Weeds, and trailing Pall:
But com'st a decent Maid
In Attic Robe array'd,
By all the honey'd Store
On Hybla's Thymy Shore,
By Her *, whose Love-lorn Woe,
In Ev'ning Musings slow
4. By old Cephisus deep,
Who spread his wavy Sweep In warbled Wand'rings round thy green Retreat,
* The ångúv, or Nightingale, for which Sophocles seems to have entertain'd a peculiar Fondness.
On whose enamel'd Side
When holy Freedom died
The Flow'rs that sweetest breathe,
Tho' Beauty culld the Wreath, Still ask thy Hand to range their order'd Hues.
6. While Rome could none esteem
But Virtue's Patriot Theme, You lov'd her Hills, and led her Laureate Band :
But staid to sing alone
To one distinguish'd Throne, And turn'd thy Face, and fled her alter'd Land.
7. No more, in Hall or Bow'r,
The Passions own thy Pow'r,
For Thou hast left her Shrine,
Nor Olive more, nor Vine,
8. Tho' Taste, tho' Genius bless,
To some divine Excess, Faints the cold Work till Thou inspire the whole ;
What each, what all supply, May court, may charm, our Eye; Thou, only Thou, can’st raise the meeting Soul !
To aid some mighty Task,
Where oft my Reed might sound
To Maids and Shepherds round, And all thy Sons, Nature, learn my Tale.
. ODE ON THE POETICAL CHARACTER.
As once, if not with light Regard,
As if, in Air unseen, some hov'ring Hand,
With whisper'd Spell had burst the starting Band, It left unblest her loath'd dishonour'd Side;
Happier hopeless Fair, if never
Her baffled Hand with vain Endeavour
To whom, prepar'd and bath'd in Heav'n,
To gird their blest prophetic Loins,
2. The Band, as Fairy Legends
say, Was wove on that creating Day, When He, who call'd with Thought to Birth Yon tented Sky, this laughing Earth,
* Florimel. See Spenser Leg. 4th.
And drest with Springs, and Forests tall,