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Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power of Music

By Dryden, John

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Title: Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power of Music  
Author: Dryden, John
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
Historic
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Dryden, J. (n.d.). Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power of Music. Retrieved from http://members.worldebooklibrary.org/


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Poetry

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Excerpt: An Ode, in Honour of St. Cecilia's Day // 'Twas at the royal feast, for Persia won // By Philip's warlike son: // Aloft in awful state // The godlike hero sate // On his imperial throne; // His valiant peers were plac'd around; // Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound: // (So should desert in arms be crown'd.) // The lovely Tha‹s, by his side, // Sate like a blooming Eastern bride // In flow'r of youth and beauty's pride. // Happy, happy, happy pair! // None but the brave, // None but the brave, // None but the brave deserves the fair. // Chorus // Happy, happy, happy pair! // None but the brave, // None but the brave, // None but the brave deserves the fair. // II // Timotheus, plac'd on high // Amid the tuneful choir, // With flying fingers touch'd the lyre: // The trembling notes ascend the sky, // The song began from Jove, // Who left his blissful seats above, // (Such is the pow'r of mighty love.) // A dragon's fiery form belied the god: // Sublime on radiant spires he rode, // When he to fair Olympia press'd; // And while he sought her snowy breast: // Then, round her slender waist he curl'd, // And stamp'd an image of himself, a sov'reign of the world. // The list'ning crowd admire the lofty sound...

 

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