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Peru once more a race of Kings behold,
Here cease thy flight, nor with unhallow'd lays
Quo, Mufa, tendis? define pervicax
Magna modis tenuare parvis.
Where Peace descending bids her olives spring,
ODE for MUSIC
ST. CECILIA's DAY.
Nine! defcend and fing;
The breathing inftruments infpire,
In a fadly-pleasing strain
"Till the roofs all around
The fhrill echos rebound:
Ode for Mufic.] This is one of the most artful as well as fublime of our Poet's fmaller compofitions. The first stanza expreffes the various tones and measures in mufic. The fecond defcribes their power over the feveral paffions in general. The third explains their ufe in infpiring the Heroic paffions in particular. The fourth, fifth, and fixth, their power over all nature in the fable of Orpheus's expedition to hell; which fubject of illuftration arofe naturally out of the preceding mention of the Argo