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TEMPLE OF APOLLO being a Selection of the best Pooms, from the most tremde Inthos
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the powers of HARMONY in ameliorating the freighting it with the rich cargo of VIRTUE, BENEVOLENCE, and justice, mankind have long lince, very deservedly, acknowledged the pre-eminence; nor has the human mind, in its progress hitherto, discovered any science which to efficacioully operates to the civilization of nations, and the promotion of man's HAPPINESS, the great end of his being.
Indeed, if we examine closely, we shall find that it has ever been from the introduction of POETRY and MUSIC, both deriving their beauty and even their existence from HARMONY, their common parent, that man has, by degrees, emerged from the favage and isolated liate in which he was originally found; that it is by the cultivation of this delightful science, that we see him formed into extenlive focieties, highly polished and daily improving his condition ; acquiring GENTLENESs and HUMANITY in proportion as his soul becomes attuned to, and he approximates a perfect knowledge of its true principles.
It is not difficult to account for the superior influence of HARMONY; it has been judiciously observed by an illustrious author, BAYLE, " that " the passions determine men to act.” HARMONY, therefore, by applying directly to the passions, turns those who experience its blissful operation towards PHILANTHROPY, and fires their fouļs with an
ardent desire of augmenting the FELICITY of their fellow creatures.
In support of the great benefits resulting to mankind, from the adoption of this charming foother of human sorrows, we may quote both ancient and modern testimony. Such power did the ancients afcribe to HARMONY, that they have fabulously represented ORPHEUS, who was a great professor of the harmonic art, as moving to sympathy ferocious beasts, and AMPHION, as giving even stones animation by his melody: LINUS is said to have polished human nature, and inspired savages with a thirit for knowledge by his foETIC SKILL; and an English author of great celebrity has emphatically said,
“ Music hath charms to sooth the savage breast,
What then can be better calculated to conduct the mind of youth to the blissful paths of MERCY and COMMISERATION than POETRY? What more suited to sweeten the laborious hours of industry? Or when can care relax its brow with more advantage to fociety than in its Elysian fields ?
If, therefore, POETRY be defirable, and that it is few will, I believe, deny, who can contemplate without ecstacy the innumerable beauties of that luxuriant garden, into which our countrymen have fo amply transplanted, from the hot-beds of their fertile and exuberant imagination, the choicest flowers, the richest flavoured fruits, and the most delightful evergreens, where they form a magnificent and imperishable TEMPLE to APOLLO, in which the tuneful nine will hold their court, until the scythe of time shall have fhorn the laft of mortals: for it may be truly said to resemble the bower of ADAM, thus charmingly described by MILTon in his inimitable poem of PARADISE
56 The roof
Laurel and myrtle, and what higher grew
Of firm and fragrant leaf; on either side
* Of coftlieft emblem." It is from this happy retreat, that the EDITOR has ventured to form the bouquet which he prefents for the gratification of those, who may not have an opportunity of rambling at leisure through these delectable regions, where the thepherd's fong wakens the foul to love, and truth and VIRTUE kand displayed in all their native fimplicity, inviting care-worn mortals to join their festive band.
He is fully satisfied that he can claim no merit either from the exquisite beauty of their colours, the vernal verdure of their foliage, or the delicious odours which they diffuse, and that among throng of sweets it could not be difficult to fix upon thofe which would at once delight the eye and charm the senses; yet he trusts that he shall not be deemed wholly undeserving encouragement for the selection he has made; since it is possible by an happy arrangement of the most beautiful flowers to set off the peculiar excellencies of each to advantage-A fine picture, by a judicious blending of its tints, becomes ftill more striking. He also trusts that the faftidious critic will not be inclined to throw afide his nofegay, if tempted by their fragrance he has now and then added a floweret, culled from the delightful avenues which lead to the poetic garden, merely because they have not yet passed the ordeal that can, alone, place them in its rich parterres. The ranunculus itself grows wild in the meadow, and the convolvulus decorates the bank on the road-fide.