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Henry Kirke White (Генри Керк Уайт)


Music


Music, all powerful o'er the human mind,
Can still each mental storm, each tumult calm,
Soothe anxious care on sleepless couch reclined,
And e'en fierce Anger's furious rage disarm.

At her command the various passions lie;
She stirs to battle, or she lulls to peace;
Melts the charm'd soul to thrilling ecstasy,
And bids the jarring world's harsh clangour cease.

Her martial sounds can fainting troops inspire
With strength unwonted, and enthusiasm raise;
Infuse new ardour, and with youthful fire
Urge on the warrior gray with length of days.

Far better she, when, with her soothing lyre,
She charms the falchion from the savage grasp,
And melting into pity vengeful ire,
Looses the bloody breastplate's iron clasp.

With her in pensive mood I long to roam,
At midnight's hour, or evening's calm decline,
And thoughtful o'er the falling streamlet's foam,
In calm seclusion's hermit walks recline.

Whilst mellow sounds from distant copse arise,
Of softest flute or reeds harmonic join'd,
With rapture thrill'd each worldly passion dies,
And pleased attention claims the passive mind.

Soft through the dell the dying strains retire,
Then burst majestic in the varied swell;
Now breathe melodious as the Grecian lyre,
Or on the ear in sinking cadence dwell.

Romantic sounds! such is the bliss ye give,
That heaven's bright scenes seem bursting on the soul,
With joy I'd yield each sensual wish, to live
For ever 'neath your undefiled control.

Oh! surely melody from heaven was sent,
To cheer the soul when tired with human strife,
To soothe the wayward heart by sorrow rent,
And soften down the rugged road of life.



Henry Kirke White's other poems:
  1. Oft in Sorrow, Oft in Woe
  2. Christmas Day
  3. Lines on Reading the Poems of Wharton
  4. To Love
  5. A Pastoral Song


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Percy Shelley (Перси Шелли) Music ("I pant for the music which is divine")
  • Wilfred Owen (Уилфред Оуэн) Music ("I have been urged by earnest violins")
  • William Henley (Уильям Хенли) Music ("Down the quiet eve")
  • William Bowles (Уильям Боулз) Music ("O harmony! thou tenderest nurse of pain")
  • Amy Lowell (Эми Лоуэлл) Music ("The neighbour sits in his window and plays the flute")
  • Henry Van Dyke (Генри Ван Дайк) Music ("Daughter of Psyche, pledge of that last night")
  • Stephen Benet (Стивен Бене) Music ("My friend went to the piano; spun the stool")

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