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SONG, FOR ST. CECILIA'S DAY,
CECILIA! whose exalted hymns
With joy and wonder fill the bless'd, In choirs of warbling seraphims
Known and distinguish'd from the rest; Attend, harmonious Saint! and see
Thy vocal sons of Harmony; Attend, harmonious Saint! and hear our prayers;
Enliven all our earthly airs, And as thou sing'stthy God, teach us to sing of thee:
Tune every string and every tongue; Be thou the Muse and subject of our song.
Let all Cecilia's praise proclaim,
The organ labours in her praise.
voice the tuneful accents fly;
Cecilia's name through all the notes we sing,
The sound of every trembling string,
For ever consecrate the day
To music and Cecilia;
And all of Heaven we have below,
Engender fury, kindle love,
all the man with secret art.
The wolf and lamb around him trip,
The bears in awkward measures leap,
Music religious heats inspires;
It wakes the soul and lifts it high,
And fits it to bespeak the Deity.
Soft moving sounds and heavenly airs (prayers.
When time itself shall be no more,
Music shall then exert its power,
Then saints and angels shall agree
In one eternal jubilee; All Heaven shall echo with their hymns divine,
And God himself with pleasure see The whole creation in a chorus join.
Invade the hallow'd bounds,
Nor spoil the fleeting sounds;
But gladness dwell on every tongue,
Keep up the loud harmonious song,
WHERE gentle Thames through stately channels
Here thrifty R--hires monarchs by the day,
! Probably Rich.