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

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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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If rightly tuneful bards decide,
If it be fix'd in Love's decrees,
That Beauty ought not to be tried
But by its native power to please,
Then tell me, youths and lovers, tell—
What fair can Amoret excel?

Behold that bright unsullied smile,
And wisdom speaking in her mien:

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