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ALEXANDER'S FEAST ; 

OR, THE POWER OF MUSIC. 

A SONG IN HONOUR OF ST. CECILIA 
1697. 

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* IWAS at the royal feast for Persia won 

By Philip's warlike son : 

Aloft in awful state 
The godlike hero sate 
On his imperial throne ; 
His valiant peers were placed around ; 
Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound 
(So should desert in arms be crowned.) 
The lovely Thais, by his side. 
Sate like a blooming Eastern bride, 
In flower of youth and beauty's pride. 
Happy, happy, happy pair ! 
None but the brave. 
None but the brave. 
None but the brave deserves the fair. 

CHORUS. 

Happy, happy, happy pair ! 

None but the brave, 

None but the brave, 

None but the brave deserve* the fair. 



TIMOTHEUS, placed on high 
Amid the tuneful quire, 
With flying fingers touched the lyre : 
The trembling notes ascend the sky, 
And heavenly joys inspire. 
The song began from Jove, 
Who left his blissful seats above, 
(Such is the power of mighty love.) 
A dragon's fiery form belied the god : 
Sublime on radiant spires he rode. 
When he to fair Olympia pressed : 
And while he sought her snowy breast. 
Then round her slender waist he curled. 
And stamped an image of himself, a sovereign 
of the world. 

The listening crowd admire the lofty sound, 
A present deity, they shout around ; 
A present deity, the vaulted roofs rebound : 
With ravished ears 
The monarch hears. 
Assumes the god, 
Affects to nod. 
And seems to shake the spheres. M 



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CHORUS. 

With ravished ears 

The monarch hears. 

Assumes the god. 

Affects to nod. 

And seems to shake the spheres. 



^ I MIE praise of Bacchus then the sweet 
I musician sung, 

•wji Of Bacchus ever fair, and ever young. 
The jolly god in triumph comes ; i^ 

Sound the trumpets, beat the drums ; 
Flushed with a purple grace 
He shows his honest face : 
Now give the hautboys breath ; he comes, he 
comes. 

Bacchus, ever fair and young. 
Drinking joys did first ordain ; 
Bacchus' blessings are a treasure. 
Drinking is the soldier's pleasure ; 
Rich the treasure. 
Sweet the pleasure. 
Sweet is pleasure after pain. 



CHORUS. 

Bacchus' blessings are a treasure. 

Drinking is the soldier's pleasure ; 

Rich the treasure, 

Sweet the pleasure. 

Sweet is pleasure after pain. 



ryi OOTHED with the sound the king 

^^ grew vain ; 

V^ ^ Fought all his battles o'er again ; 
And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he 
slew the slain. 

The master saw the madness rise, 
His glowing cheeks, his ardent eyes ; 
And while he heaven and earth defied, ^H 

Changed his hand, and checked his pride. 
He chose a mournful Muse, 
Soft pity to infuse ; ''^^ ?«= 

He sung Darius great and good. 
By too severe a fate. 
Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen. 
Fallen from his high estate. 
And weltering in his blood ; 
Deserted at his utmost need'^- 'jw^.i^-jv^ a y^^^t-:^ 
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By those his former bounty fed ; 

On the bare earth exposed he lies. 

With not a friend to close his eyes. 

With downcast looks the joyless victor sate. 

Revolving in his altered soul 

The various turns of chance below ; 

And, now and then, a sigh he stole. 

And tears began to flow. 

CHORUS. 

Revolving in his altered soul 
The various turns of chance below ; 
And, now and then, a sigh he stole. 
And tears began to flow. 



THE mighty master smiled to see 
That love was in the next degree ; 
'Twas but a kindred-sound to move. 
For pity melts the mind to love. 
Softly sweet, in Lydian measures. 
Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures. 
War, he sung, is toil and trouble ; 
Honour but an empty bubble ; 
Never ending, still beginning, 
Fighting still, and still destroying : 
If the world be worth thy winning. 



Think, O think it worth enjoying : 

Lovely Thais sits beside thee, 

Take the good the gods provide thee. 

The many rend the skies with loud applause ; 

So Love was crowned, but Music won the cause. 

The prince, unable to conceal his pain. 

Gazed on the fair 

Who caused his care. 

And sighed and looked, sighed and looked, 

Sighed and looked, and sighed again ; 

At length, with love and wine at once oppressed. 

The vanquished victor sunk upon her breast. 

CHORUS. 

The prince, unable to conceal his pain. 

Gazed on the fair 

Who caused his care, ' ^ \ 

And sighed and looked, sighed and looked, * 

Sighed and looked, and sighed again ; 

At length, with love and wine at once oppressed. 

The vanquished victor sunk upon her breast. 

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NOW strike the golden lyre again ; 
A louder yet, and yet a louder strain. 
Break his bands of sleep asunder. 
And rouse him, like a rattling peal of thunder. 
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Hark, hark, the horrid sound 

Has raised up his head ; 

As awaked from the dead, "^^^^ • 

And amazed, he stares around. 

Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries, 

See the Furies arise ; 

See the snakes that they rear. 

How they hiss in their hair. 

And the sparkles that flash from their eyes ! 

Behold a ghastly band. 

Each a torch in his hand ! 

Those are Grecian ghosts, that in battle were 

slain. 

And unburied remain 

Inglorious on the plain : 

Give the vengeance due 

To the valiant crew. 

Behold how they toss their torches on high. 

How they point to the Persian abodes. 

And glittering temples of their hostile gods. 

The princes applaud with a furious joy ; 

And the king seized a flambeau with zeal to 

destroy ; 

Thais led the way. 

To light him to his prey. 

And, like another Helen, fired another Troy. 



CHORUS. fu. M.v.4^Ht d^iiA i.TT 

And the king seized a flambeau with zeal to 

destroy ; 

Thais led the way, 

To light him to his prey, 

And, like another Helen, fired another Troy. 



THUS long ago, .g 

Ere heaving bellows learned to blow. 
While organs yet were mute, 
Timotheus, to his breathing flute 
And sounding lyre, t lA 

Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft 
desire. 

At last divine Cecilia came, 
Inventress of the vocal frame ; >A 

The sweet enthusiast, from her sacred store, ' ' 
Enlarged the former narrow bounds, 
And added length to solemn sounds. 
With Nature's mother-wit, and arts unknown A 
before. ^laadk 

Let old Timotheus yield the prize, >ffeHT 

Or both divide the crown : 
He raised a mortal to the skies ;^aju2W lA 

She drew an angel down. 



GRAND CHORU9>^TTr t^t: 

At last divine Cecilia came, 

Inventrcss of the vocal frame ; 

The sweet enthusiast, from her sacred store. 

Enlarged the former narrow bounds, 

And added length to solemn sounds, 

With Nature's mother-wit, and arts unknown 

before. 

Let old Timotheus yield the prize. 

Or both divide the crown : 

He raised a mortal to the skies ; 

She drew an angel down. 



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HERE ENDS JOHN DRYDEN'S AI^ 
EXANDER'S FEAST, PRINTED 
AMONG THE GREAT POEMS OF 
THE LANGUAGE, AT THE ESSEX 
HOUSE PRESS, CAMPDEN, GLOU- 
CESTERSHIRE, WITH A FRONTIS- 
PIECE BY REGINALD SAVAGE, 
AND UNDER THE CARE OF C. R. 
ASHBEE, ANNO DOM. MDCCCCIV. 




Published in England by Edward Ar- 
nold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, and in 
America by Samuel Buckley & Co., i oo 
William Street, New York, 

140 copies only, and all on vellum. This 
copy is No. /3:3 



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