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SONG,

WRITTEN AT MR. THOMSON'S REQUEST, AS A KIND OF INTRODUCTION TO HIS IRISH MELODIES.

1 SWEET power of song! that canst impart
2 To lowland swain or mountaineer
3 A gladness thrilling through the heart,
4 A joy so tender and so dear!
5 Sweet power! that on a foreign strand
6 Canst the rough soldier's bosom move
7 With feelings of his native land,
8 As gentle as an infant's love!
9 Sweet power! that makest youthful heads,
10 With thistle, leek or shamrock crowned,
11 Nod proudly as the carol sheds
12 Its spirit through the social round!
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13 Sweet power! that cheerest the daily toil
14 Of cottage maid or beldame poor,
15 The ploughman on the furrowed soil,
16 Or herd-boy on the lonely moor:
17 Or he by bards the Shepherd hight,
18 Who mourns his maiden's broken tie,
19 Till the sweet plaint, in woe's despite,
20 Hath made a bliss of agony:
21 Sweet power of song! thanks flow to thee
22 From every kind and gentle breast!
23 Let Erin's Cambria's minstrels be
24 With Burns's tuneful spirit blest!

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Title (in Source Edition): SONG, WRITTEN AT MR. THOMSON'S REQUEST, AS A KIND OF INTRODUCTION TO HIS IRISH MELODIES.
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Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of "Dramas on the Passions," etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, pp. 360-361. 

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