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O Fear, I know thee by my throbbing heart: Thy withering power inspired each mournful line:

Though gentle Pity claim her mingled part,
Yet all the thunders of the scene are thine! 45


Thou who such weary lengths hast past,

Where wilt thou rest, mad Nymph, at last?
Say, wilt thou shroud in haunted cell,

Where gloomy Rape and Murder dwell?
Or, in some hollow'd seat,

'Gainst which the big waves beat,

Hear drowning seamen's cries, in tempests brought? Dark power, with shuddering meek submitted


Be mine to read the visions old

Which thy awakening bards have told:
And, lest thou meet my blasted view,
Hold each strange tale devoutly true;
Ne'er be I found, by thee o'erawed,
In that thrice hallow'd eve, abroad,
When ghosts, as cottage maids believe,
Their pebbled beds permitted leave;
And goblins haunt, from fire, or fen,
Or mine, or flood, the walks of men!

O thou, whose spirit most possess'd The sacred seat of Shakespeare's breast!





By all that from thy prophet broke,
In thy divine emotions spoke ;
Hither again thy fury deal,

Teach me but once like him to feel:
His cypress wreath my meed decree,
And I, O Fear, will dwell with thee!



O THOU, by Nature taught
To breathe her genuine thought,

In numbers warmly pure, and sweetly strong;
Who first, on mountains wild,

In Fancy, loveliest child,

Thy babe, or Pleasure's, nursed the powers of song!


.Thou, who, with hermit heart,
Disdain'st the wealth of art,

And gauds, and pageant weeds, and trailing pall;
But comest a decent maid,

In attic robe array'd,

O chaste, unboastful Nymph, to thee I call!


By all the honey'd store

On Hybla's thymy shore;

By all her blooms, and mingled murmurs dear;

By hers whose lovelorn woe,

In evening musings slow,

Soothed sweetly sad Electra's poet's ear:


The andwv, or nightingale, for which Sophocles seems

to have entertained a peculiar fondness.

By old Cephisus deep,
Who spread his wavy sweep,

In warbled wanderings, round thy green retreat;
On whose enamel'd side,

When holy Freedom died,

No equal haunt allured thy future feet.

While Rome could none esteem

But virtue's patriot theme,

You loved her hills, and led her laureat band:

O sister meek of Truth,

To my admiring youth,

Thy sober aid and native charms infuse!
The flowers that sweetest breathe,

Though Beauty cull'd the wreath,

Still ask thy hand to range their order'd hues. 30

But staid to sing alone

To one distinguish'd throne;

And turn'd thy face, and fled her alter'd land.

No more, in hall or bower,

The Passions own thy power;

Love, only Love her forceless numbers mean :
For thou hast left her shrine;

Nor olive more, nor vine,

Shall gain thy feet to bless the servile scene.

Though taste, though 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, canst raise the meeting soul!

Of these let others ask,

To aid some mighty task,

I only seek to find thy temperate vale;

Where oft my reed might sound
To maids and shepherds round,

And all thy sons, O Nature, learn my tale.



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