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Assumes the god,
Affects to nod,
The jolly god in triumph comes !
He shows his honest face.
Bacchus, ever fair and young,
Bacchus' blessings are a treasure ;
Rich the treasure,
Sweet the pleasure;
Soothed with the sound, the king grew vain,
Fought all his battles o'er again :
8 The music made Alexander for the
moment think himself what it
had feigned him to be. 9 Bacchus, the God of wine. 10 hautboy, an instrument like a
11 Drinking was fatal to Alexander,
at the age of 32. It is the curse
of anyone who gives way to it. 12 Timotheus. 13 Alexander,
He chose a mournful muse,
Soft pity to infuse:
By too severe a fate,
Fallen from his high estate,
Deserted at his utmost need
With downcast look the joyless victor sate, Revolving, in his alter'd soul,
The various turns of chance below; And, now and then, a sigh he stole,
And tears began to flow !
The mighty master15 smiled, to see
Softly sweet, in Lydian measures,
War,” he sung, “is toil and trouble ;
Never ending, still beginning,
14 The king of Persia, whom Alex
ander had conquered. The fol-
pity now felt by Alexander,
Fighting still, and still destroying.
Think, oh think it worth enjoying !
Take the good the gods provide thee.”
The prince, unable to conceal his pain,19
Gazed on the fair
Who caused his care,
Sigh'd and look'd, and sigh'd again:
Has raised up his head,
As awaked from the dead:
66 See the Furies20 arise!
How they hiss in their hair,
18 The crowd.
who were armed with snakes and
Behold a ghastly band,
Each a torch in his hand :
And, unburied, remain
How they point to the Persian abodes,
And glittering temples of their hostile gods.” 22 The princes applaud, with a furious joy; And the king seized a flambeau, with zeal to destroy;
Thais led the way,
To light him to his prey !
Thus, long ago,
And sounding lyre,
At last, divine Cecilia came,
21 Nothing was more dreaded by the
Greeks than being left unburied. Here the ghosts of the soldiers killed in Alexander's battles, and left unburied by the Persians, call on the Furies to avenge them by burning the Persian temples.
22 The Persians had no gods; they
were opposed to idolatry. 23 St. Cecilia, a Roman virgin martyr,
who perished for the faith about
A.D. 230. 24 The organ.-A legend of the 14th
century makes her the patroness of church music.
The sweet enthusiast, from her sacred store,
Enlarged the former narrow bounds,
And added length to solemn sounds,
Or both divide the crown:
She drew an angel down!
JOSEPH ADDISON.-Born, 1672; Died, 1719.
Addison is chiefly known by his exquisite prose writings in the Tatler and Spectator. He was for some time Secretary of State, and was only 47 when he died.
The spacious firmament on high,