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And stamp'd an image of himself, a sov'reign of the world.

The list'ning crowd admire the lofty sound.
A present deity! they shout around:

A present deity! the vaulted roofs rebound.
With ravish'd ears,

The monarch hears,
Assumes the god,
Affects to nod,

And seems to shake the spheres.

The praise of Bacchus then the sweet musician sung; Of Bacchus ever fair, and ever young;

The jolly god in triumph comes;

Sound the trumpets, beat the drums:
Flush'd with a purple grace

He shows his honest face.

Now give the hautboys breath. He comes, he comes!
Bacchus, ever fair and young,
Drinking joys did first ordain:

Bacchus' blessings are a treasure,
Drinking is the soldiers' pleasure;

Rich the treasure,

Sweet the pleasure;

Sweet is pleasure after pain.

Sooth'd with the sound the king grew vain;

Fought all his battles o'er again;

And thrice he routed all his foes; and thrice he slew the slain.

The master saw the madness rise;

His glowing cheeks, his ardent eyes:
And while he heav'n and earth defied,
Chang'd his hand and check'd his pride.
He chose a mournful muse
Soft pity to infuse :

He sung Darius great and good,
By too severe a fate,

Fall'n, fall'n, fall'n, fall'n,
Fall'n from his high estate,
And welt'ring in his blood:
Deserted at his utmost need,
By those his former bounty fed,
On the bare earth expos'd he lies,
With not a friend to close his eyes.

With downcast look the joyless victor sat,
Revolving in his altered soul

The various turns of fate below;

And now and then a sigh he stole;
And tears began to flow.

The mighty master smil'd, to see
That love was in the next degree;
'Twas but a kindred sound to move,
For pity melts the mind to love.
Softly sweet in Lydian measures,
Soon he sooth'd his soul to pleasures.
War he sung is toil and trouble;
Honour but an empty bubble;
Never ending, still beginning,
Fighting still, and still destroying:
If the world be worth thy winning,
Think, O, think it worth enjoying!
Lovely Thais sits beside thee,

Take the good the gods provide thee.
The many rend the skies with loud applause;
So love was crown'd, but music won the cause.
The prince, unable to conceal his pain,

Gaz'd on the fair,

Who caus'd his care,

And sigh'd and look'd, sigh'd and look'd,
Sigh'd and look'd, and sigh'd again :

At length with love and wine at once oppress'd,
The vanquish'd victor sunk upon her breast.

Now strike the golden lyre again;
A louder yet, and yet a louder strain.

Break his bands of sleep asunder,

And rouse him, like a rattling peal of thunder.
Hark, hark, the horrid sound

Has rais'd up his head;

As awak'd from the dead,

And amaz'd, he stares around.
Revenge! revenge! Timotheus cries,
See the furies arise!

See the snakes that they rear,
How they hiss in their hair!
And the sparkles that flash from their eyes!
Behold a ghastly band,

Each a torch in his hand!

These are Grecian ghosts, that in battle were slain,
And unburied remain
Inglorious on the plain :
Give the vengeance due
To the valiant crew.

Behold how they toss their torches on high,
How they point to the Persian abodes,
And glitt'ring temples of their hostile gods.
The princes applaud, with a furious joy;
And the king seiz'd a flambeau, with zeal to destroy;
Thais led the way,

To light him to his prey,

And, like another Helen, fired another Troy.

Thus, long ago,

Ere heaving bellows learn'd to blow,

While organs yet were mute;

Timotheus to his breathing flute

And sounding lyre,

Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.
At last divine Cecilia came,

Inventress of the vocal frame;
The sweet enthusiast, from her sacred store,
Enlarged the former narrow bounds,

And added length to solemn sounds,

With nature's mother-wit, and arts unknown before,

Let old Timotheus yield the prize,
Or both divide the crown;

He rais'd a mortal to the skies;
She drew an angel down.



"To meet at the station, boys, 10.15 train.",
All true to the time we are met once again,
And back from the holidays go;

No blinking or sighing, 'tis girlish and weak,
See the train coming up, with a puff and a shriek,
Hurrah! for old Prossodie's, ho!

Now, my boys, cut it short, not so many "Good-byes;"
They weigh down the spirits, and weaken the eyes,
And only make parting more sad :

I have come up alone, for I knew there was one
Who would weep like a cloud for her own darling son,
And he'd rather feel jolly and glad.

All in, and all right, and away now we glide,
So adieu to sweet home and old Christmas tide,
And to revels that sometimes would tire:

Never grieve for true friends, for from them we ne'er part,

And wherever we go they are nearest the heart,

To solace, to urge, and inspire.

Back from the holidays: who would revolt?
What! Jenkinson grumbling! You lubberly dolt,
You pout like a double-tasked dunce:

Why, you've borne a month's petting, and that's quite enough,

Of the rich things of life you have had quantum suff., So hush! or we'll cut you at once,

Back from the holidays, face it, my boys;
Too much of the sweet ever wearies and cloys,
And palls upon stomach and brain.
While good Dr. Prossodie's system and diet
Are better for study than feasting or riot,
And will tone us down nicely again.

On, onward, by hamlet, and city, and town;
Now upward we gaze, and now we look down
To see what we're hurrying past;
Now thro' an embankment half hidden from day,
Now high o'er a viaduct whirling away

As swift as the wild northern blast!

Now "God save the Queen." Ah, that's the right song To keep the steam up as we hasten along:

There,-don't be too nice with your parts,
We have nothing to fear if we do get uproarious;
So," Send her victorious, happy, and glorious,"
God save the Queen of all hearts!

That's the spirit, my boys, for our Royal mamma,
Three cheers for her now with a hip, hip, hurrah,
Full, hearty, united, and bold;

Now three for the Prince, with the handsome young

We wish them much joy, tho' we hope they'll not reign Till many more years they have told.

Back from the holidays, back, back to work,

There's not one of our form that his duties would shirk, We're in to do something this half:

The age is competitive-nothing for sham

So we'll never depend upon "coaching" and "cram," Or seek either crutches or staff.

But now our speed slackens, slower still, and more slow,

Ah! yond's the old town, with the mansion we know, Where all may improve who've the nous,

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