Mark Akenside

(1721-1770 / England)

Mark Akenside Poems

1. Ode Vi: Hymn To Cheerfulness 4/17/2010
2. Ode Viii: If Rightly Tuneful Bards Decide 4/17/2010
3. Ode Xi: On Love, To A Friend 4/17/2010
4. Ode Xi: To The Country Gentlemen Of England 4/17/2010
5. Ode Xiii: On Lyric Poetry 4/17/2010
6. Ode Xiii: To The Author Of Memoirs Of The House Of Brandenburgh 4/17/2010
7. Ode Xiv: To The Honourable Charles Townshend: From The Country 4/17/2010
8. Ode Viii: On Leaving Holland 4/17/2010
9. Ode X: To Thomas Edwards, Esquire: On The Late Edition Of Mr. Pope's Work 4/17/2010
10. Ode Vi: To William Hall, Esquire: With The Works Of Chaulieu 4/17/2010
11. Ode Vii: On The Use Of Poetry 4/17/2010
12. Ode Xviii: To The Right Honourable Francis Earl Of Huntington 4/17/2010
13. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The Third 4/17/2010
14. The Poet 4/17/2010
15. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The First 4/17/2010
16. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The Fourth 4/17/2010
17. Ode Iv: Affected Indifference. To The Same 4/17/2010
18. Ode Ix: To Curio 4/17/2010
19. Ode V: Against Suspicion 4/17/2010
20. Taste 4/17/2010
21. The Virtuoso: In Imitation Of Spenser's Style And Stanza 4/17/2010
22. Ode Vii: To The Right Reverend Benjamin Lord Bishop Of Winchester 4/17/2010
23. Ode Xii: On Recovering From A Fit Of Sickness, In The Country 4/17/2010
24. Ode Xii: To Sir Francis Henry Drake, Baronet 4/17/2010
25. Ode Iv: To The Honourable Charles Townshend In The Country 4/17/2010
26. Ode Xvii: On A Sermon Against Glory 4/17/2010
27. Ode X: To The Muse 4/17/2010
28. Ode Ix: At Study 4/17/2010
29. Ode V: On Love Of Praise 4/17/2010
30. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The Second 4/17/2010
31. To Cordelia 4/17/2010
32. Ode Xv: To The Evening-Star 4/17/2010
33. Ode Xvi: To Caleb Hardinge, M.D. 4/17/2010
34. Ode Xv: On Domestic Manners (Unfinished) 4/17/2010
35. Ode Ix. To Curio 1/1/2004
36. Ode Ii: To Sleep 4/17/2010
37. Ode Iii: To A Friend, Unsuccessful In Love 4/17/2010
38. Ode I: The Remonstrance Of Shakespeare 4/17/2010
39. Inscriptions: Ii: For A Statue Of Chaucer At Woodstock 4/17/2010
40. Inscriptions: Vii: The Wood Nymph 4/17/2010
Best Poem of Mark Akenside

Hymn To Science

Science! thou fair effusive ray
From the great source of mental day,
Free, generous, and refin'd!
Descend with all thy treasures fraught,
Illumine each bewilder'd thought,
And bless my lab'ring mind.

But first with thy resistless light,
Disperse those phantoms from my sight,
Those mimic shades of thee;
The scholiast's learning, sophist's cant,
The visionary bigot's rant,
The monk's philosophy.

O! let thy powerful charms impart
The patient head, the candid heart,

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Ode Ix. To Curio

Thrice hath the spring beheld thy faded fame
Since I exulting grasp'd the tuneful shell:
Eager through endless years to sound thy name,
Proud that my memory with thine should dwell.
How hast thou stain'd the splendor of my choice!
Those godlike forms which hover'd round thy voice,
Laws, freedom, glory, whither are they flown?
What can I now of thee to time report,
Save thy fond country made thy impious sport,

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