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O’er th'Elysian flow'rs;
Or Amaranthine bow'rs;
Wand'ring in the myrtle grove,
He sung, and hell consented
To hear the Poet's prayer:
Thus fong could prevail
O'er death, and o'er hell,
Tho' fate had faft bound her
With Styx nine times round her, Yet music and love were victorious.
But soon, too soon, the lover turns his
Now under hanging mountains,
And calls her ghost,
Amidst Rhodope's snows:
Ah see, he dies! III
Eurydice the woods,
I15 Eurydice the rocks, and hollow mountains rung.
And antedate the bliss above.
Th’immortal pow’rs incline their ear; Borne on the swelling notes our souls aspire, While solemn airs improve the facred fire ;
And Angels lean from heav'n to hear. 130 Of Orpheus now no more let Poets tell, To bright Cecilia greater power
is giv'n; His numbers rais'd a shade from hell,
Hers lift the soul to heav'n.
Groves, where immortal Sages taught:
Unspotted long with human blood.
REMARKS. THESE two Chorus's were composed to enrich a very poor Play ; but they had the usual effect of ill-adjusted Ornaments, only to make its meanness the more confpicuous.
* Altered from Shakespear by the Duke of Buckingham, at whose desire these two Chorus’s were composed to supply as many, wanting in his play. They were fet many years afterwards by the famous Bononcini, and perforined at Buckinghamhouse. P.
VER. 3. Where heavenly Visions Plato fir'd, And Epicurus, lay inspir'd!] The propriety of these lines arises from hence, that Brutus, one of the Heroes of this Play, was of the Old Academy; and Casrus, the other, was an Epicurean; but this had not been enough to justify the Poet's choice, had not Plato's fyftem of Divinity, and Epicurus's system of Morals, been the most rational amongst the various sects of Greek Philosophy.
Forsaken, friendless, shall ye fly?
15 Or bid the furious Gaul be rude no more?
And Athens rising near the pole!
Ver. 12. Moral truth and mystic song.) He had expressed himself better had he said,
" Moral truth in mystic song! In the Antistrophe he turns from Philofophy to Mythology ; and Mythology is nothing but moral truth in mystic song.