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Thursday, May 18, 2017

SONG FOR ST CECILIA'S DAY (EXCERPT)

SONG FOR ST CECILIA'S DAY


From Harmony, from Heavenly Harmony
This Universal Frame begun:
When nature underneath a heap
Of jarring atoms lay
And could not heave her head,
The tuneful voice was heard from high,
Arise ye more than dead.

Then cold and hot and moist and dry
In order to their stations leap,
And MUSIC'S power obey.
From Harmony, from Heavenly Harmony
This universal frame began:
From Harmony to Harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in Man.

                                                           JOHN DRYDEN
                                                              (1631-1700)

John Dryden is a famous English poet whose other
works such as Achitopel and Zimri had been recognised
in World Literature.

Source:  G. B. Harrison.  A Book of English Poetry. 

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