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ODE TO GENIUS.

TO THE REV. WILLIAM MASON, A.M. PRECENTOR OF THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF YORK.

1 GENIUS! thou pow'r sublime and bright,
2 Thou radiant spark of heav'nly light,
3 Sent from above our toil to cheer.
4 How in Shakspeare's hallow'd page,
5 Glowing with poetic rage,
6 Thy magic strokes appear!
7 Spenser seiz'd thy trembling lyre,
8 How he felt thy sacred fire
9 Let his matchless numbers tell.
10 Goblins stern, and Fairies kind
11 Airy offspring of the mind
12 To them he tun'd his shell.
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13 Milton too, that bard divine,
14 Bow'd before thy sacred shrine
15 Of cherub'd hosts, and heaven's high throne,
16 Soaring bold on eagle's wing;
17 O, how sweetly did he sing!
18 But, ah! he sung alone.
19 Inspir'd by thee, majestic Young
20 Of Death and Fate sublimely sung;
21 And while he tun'd his solemn lyre
22 By pale Luna's fickle light;
23 How he charm'd the ear of Night,
24 And bade our souls aspire!
25 Then Collins chaste, and Theban Gray,
26 Gave to thee the ardent lay;
27 Pleas'd, you heard their numbers flow.
28 Mason's verse you now inspire;
29 Charm'd, you tune his matchless lyre,
30 And dwell with him below.

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Title (in Source Edition): ODE TO GENIUS. TO THE REV. WILLIAM MASON, A.M. PRECENTOR OF THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF YORK.
Themes: poetry; literature; writing
Genres: ode

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Poems: by the late George-Monck Berkeley, Esq. ... With a preface by the editor, consisting of some anecdotes of Mr. Monck Berkeley and several of his friends. London: printed by J. Nichols; and sold by Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby; Mr. Edwards; Mr. Cooke, Oxford; Mr. Todd, York; Messrs. Simmons and Co.; Messrs. Flackton, Marrable, and Claris; and Mr. Bristow, Canterbury, 1797, pp. 99-100. viii,DCXXXII,212p.,plate: port.; 4⁰. (ESTC T142950; OTA K111746.000)

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