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The gaudy train, who wait on Spring , Ting'd with the pomp of vernal pride, The youth who mount on Pleasure's wing , And idly sport on Thames's side, With cool regard their various arts employ, Nor rouse the drooping mind, nor give the pause of joy.
Ha! what forms, with port sublime ,
Scorning all the threats of Time,
They seize their harps, they strike the lyre,
And Snowdon's airy cliffs the heavenly strains re
 Ode on Spring.
 Ode on the Prospect of Eton College.
 The Bard, an Ode.
In pomp of state, behold they wait,
The child of fancy left behind: Forgot the woes of Cambria's fatal day, By rapture's blaze impell'd, they swell the artless
But ah! in vain they strive to sooth,
Her baleful gifts profusely pours.
Behold she comes, the fiend forlorn,
Array'd in Horror's settled gloom; She strews the briar and prickly thorn, And triumphs in th' infernal doom. With frantic fury and insatiate rage, She gnaws the throbbing breast and blasts the
 Hymn to Adversity.
No more the soft Æolian flute 
And leave the once-delightful plain;
Yet stay, O! stay, celestial pow'rs,
And with a hand of kind regard,
Destructive on the fav'rite bard;
O watch with me his last expiring breath,
And snatch him from the arms of dark, oblivious
Hark the Fatal Sisters  join,
And with Horror's mutt'ring sounds,
Weave the tissue of his line,
While the dreadful spell resounds.
 The Progress of Poesy.
 The Fatal Sisters, an Ode.
"Hail, ye midnight sisters, hail,
"O'er the glory of the land,
'Tis done, 'tis done-the iron hand of pain, With ruthless fury and corrosive force, Racks every joint, and seizes every vein:
He sinks, he groans, he falls a lifeless corse.
Thus fades the flow'r nipp'd by the frozen gale, Tho' once so sweet, so lovely to the eye: Thus the tall oaks, when boist❜rous storms as
Torn from the earth, a mighty ruin lie.
Ye sacred sisters of the plaintive verse,
Oft when the Curfew tolls its parting knell,
While Sorrow's sighs, and tears of Pity tell,
O'er his green grave, in Contemplation's guise,
 Elegy in a Country Church-Yard.