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But O! how alter'd was its sprightlier tone, When Cheerfulness, a nymph of healthiest hue, Her bow across her shoulder flung,
Her buskins gemm'd with morning dew, Blew an inspiring air, that dale and thicket rung,
The hunter's call, to Faun and Dryad known! The oak-crown'd Sisters, and their chaste-eyed
Peeping from forth their alleys green:
And Sport leapt up, and seized his beechen spear. Last came Joy's ecstatic trial : He, with viny crown advancing,
First to the lively pipe his hand addrest; But soon he saw the brisk awakening viol,
Whose sweet entrancing voice he loved the best; They would have thought who heard the strain 85
They saw, in Tempe's vale, her native maids,
Amidst the festal sounding shades, To some unwearied minstrel dancing, While, as his flying fingers kiss'd the strings, 89
Love framed with Mirth a gay fantastic round : Loose were her tresses seen, her zone unbound; And he, amidst his frolic play,
As if he would the charming air repay, Shook thousand odours from his dewy wings.
O Music! sphere-descended maid,
Why, goddess ! why, to us denied,
ODE ON THE DEATH OF THOMSON.
THE SCENE IS SUPPOSED TO
LIE ON THE THAMES NEAR RICHMOND.
In yonder grave a Druid lies,
Where slowly winds the stealing wave; The year's best sweets shall duteous rise
To deck its poet's sylvan grave.
In yon deep bed of whispering reeds
His airy harpa shall now be laid, That he, whose heart in sorrow bleeds,
May love through life the soothing shade.
Then maids and youths shall linger here,
And while its sounds at distance swell, Shall sadly seem in pity's ear
To hear the woodland pilgrim's knell.
a The harp of Æolus, of which see a description in the Castle of Indolence.
Remembrance oft shall haunt the shore
When Thames in summer wreaths is drest, And oft suspend the dashing oar,
To bid his gentle spirit rest!
And oft, as ease and health retire
To breezy lawn, or forest deep,
And ’mid the varied landscape weep.
But thou, who own'st that earthy bed,
Ah! what will every dirge avail; Or tears, which love and pity shed,
That mourn beneath the gliding sail ?
Yet lives there one, whose heedless eye
Shall scorn thy pale shrine glimmering near? With him, sweet bard, may fancy die,
And joy desert the blooming year.
But thou, lorn stream, whose sullen tide
No sedge-crown'd sisters now attend, Now waft me from the green hill's side,
Whose cold turf hides the buried friend!
Ver. 21. But thou who own'st that earthly bed.
And see, the fairy valleys fade;
Dun night has veil'd the solemn view!
The genial meads, assign'd to bless
Thy life, shall mourn thy early doom ;
With simple hands, thy rural tomb.
Long, long, thy stone and pointed clay
Shall melt the musing Briton's eyes : 0! vales and wild woods, shall he say, In yonder grave your Druid lies !
c Mr. Thomson resided in the neighbourhood of Richmond some time before his death.