"Ode to Sensibility"

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Title

"Ode to Sensibility"

Subject

Rise of Sentimentalism in England

Description

Poem on how having sensibility makes the world a more beautiful place

Creator

Anonymous

Source

https://www.eighteenthcenturypoetry.org/works/o5089-w0500.shtml#reading

Publisher

Eighteenth Century Poetry Archive

Date

1767

Contributor

Rishi Banerjee

Rights

Public Domain

Relation

Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Format

Current: Digital, Original: Text

Language

English

Type

Poem

Identifier

Ode to Sensibility

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Text

THanks to thee, Nymph, whose powerful hand
From dulness set me free,
Thy praises I'll for ever sing,
Sweet Sensibility.

Thy
 touch, so gentle and benign,
Revives the torpid heart,
Thou pleasure canst from pain refine,
To joys new joy impart.

By
 thee the gaudy rainbow shows
More beauteous to the eye,
By thee more sweetly smells the rose,
And boasts a brighter dye.

By
 thee I taste the luscious sweets
Of Cloe's nectar'd kiss,
By thee I laugh, or cheerful sing,
And seize each transient bliss.

When
 Cloe tunes her liquid voice,
Or tries soft music's art,
By thee the sounds melodious pierce,
Like lightning, to the heart.

By
 thee the poet's charming lays
Our various passions move,
Now fire the soul with rage, or melt
To pity, or to love.

By
 thee the scientific page
The scholar's eye delights,
By thee he shares the feast of wit,
Or wit himself indites.

With
 thee we taste the joys of wine,
Of friendship, and of love,
When thou art gone we lonely pine,
Or melancholic rove.

Original Format

Text

Citation

Anonymous, “"Ode to Sensibility",” Enlightenmens, accessed October 1, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/830.

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