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And giving us the use, did soon recal,
Thus then he disappear’d, was rarify’d;
'Twas but th' original forfeit of his blood : i And that so little, that the river ran
More clear than the corrupted fount began.
way: So deep, and yet so clear, we might behold The gravel bottom, and that bottom gold.
As such we lov'd, admir'd, almost ador'd, Gave all the tribute mortals could afford. Perhaps we gave so much, the powers above Grew
angry at our superstitious love : For when we more than human homage pay, The charming caufe is justly snatch'd away.;
Thus was the crime not his, but ours alone : And yet we murmur that he went fo foon ; Tho triracles are short and rarely shown.
Hearn then, ye mournful parents, and divide
have refin’d to that degree, Imagine all in one, and think that one is he.
F gentle blood, his parents only treasure,
With rival notes
To welcome in the spring.
But in the close of night,
They cease their mutual spite,
So ceas'd the rival crew, when Purcell came;
The godlike man,
We beg not hell our Orpheus to restore:
Had he been there,
Their sovereign's fear
Had sent him back before. The
power of harmony too well they knew : He long ere this had tun'd their jarring sphere, And left no hell below.
III. The heavenly choir, who heard his notes from high, Let down the scale of music from the sky:
They handed him along, Andallthe way he taught, and all the way they sung. Ye breth'ren of the lyre, and tuneful voice, Lament his lot; but at your own rejoice : Now live secure, and linger out your days ; The gods are pleas'd alone with Purcell's lays,
Nor know to mend their choice.
Ε Ρ Ι Τ
Α Ρ Η
L A D Y W H I T M O R E.
AIR, kind, and true, a treasure each alone,
one, Rest in this tomb, rais'd at thy husband's coft, Here fadly summing, what he had, and loft.
Come, virgins, ere in equal bands ye join, Come first, and offer at her facred shrine; Pray but for half the virtues of this wife, Compound for all the rest, with longer life; And wish your vows, like hers,
like hers, may be return'd, So lov'd when living, and when dead fo mourn'd.