Mark Akenside

(1721-1770 / England)

Mark Akenside Poems

1. A British Philippic 4/17/2010
2. A Song 4/17/2010
3. Ambition And Content: A Fable 4/17/2010
4. Amoret 12/31/2002
5. Complaint, The 12/31/2002
6. Female Beauty 4/17/2010
7. For A Column At Runnymede 5/6/2001
8. Friendship And Love 4/17/2010
9. Hymn To Science 5/6/2001
10. Inscriptions: I: For A Grotto 4/17/2010
11. Inscriptions: Ii: For A Statue Of Chaucer At Woodstock 4/17/2010
12. Inscriptions: Iii: Whoe'Er Thou Art Whose Pat In Summer Lies 4/17/2010
13. Inscriptions: Iv: O Youths And Virgins 4/17/2010
14. Inscriptions: Ix: Me Tho' In Life's Sequester'D Vale 4/17/2010
15. Inscriptions: Vi: For A Column At Runnymede 4/17/2010
16. Inscriptions: Vii: The Wood Nymph 4/17/2010
17. Inscriptions: Viii: Ye Powers Unseen 4/17/2010
18. Love: An Elegy 4/17/2010
19. Nightingale, The 12/31/2002
20. Ode I: The Preface 4/17/2010
21. Ode I: The Remonstrance Of Shakespeare 4/17/2010
22. Ode Ii: On The Winter-Solstice 4/17/2010
23. Ode Ii: To Sleep 4/17/2010
24. Ode Iii: To A Friend, Unsuccessful In Love 4/17/2010
25. Ode Iii: To The Cuckow 4/17/2010
26. Ode Iv: Affected Indifference. To The Same 4/17/2010
27. Ode Iv: To The Honourable Charles Townshend In The Country 4/17/2010
28. Ode Ix. To Curio 1/1/2004
29. Ode Ix: At Study 4/17/2010
30. Ode Ix: To Curio 4/17/2010
31. Ode On A Sermon Against Glory 12/31/2002
32. Ode To The Country Gentlemen Of England 5/6/2001
33. Ode V: Against Suspicion 4/17/2010
34. Ode V: On Love Of Praise 4/17/2010
35. Ode Vi: Hymn To Cheerfulness 4/17/2010
36. Ode Vi: To William Hall, Esquire: With The Works Of Chaulieu 4/17/2010
37. Ode Vii: On The Use Of Poetry 4/17/2010
38. Ode Vii: To The Right Reverend Benjamin Lord Bishop Of Winchester 4/17/2010
39. Ode Viii: If Rightly Tuneful Bards Decide 4/17/2010
40. Ode Viii: On Leaving Holland 4/17/2010
Best Poem of Mark Akenside

The Pleasures Of Imagination


With what attractive charms this goodly frame
Of Nature touches the consenting hearts
Of mortal men; and what the pleasing stores
Which beauteous imitation thence derives
To deck the poet's, or the painter's toil;
My verse unfolds. Attend, ye gentle pow'rs
Of musical delight! and while I sing
Your gifts, your honours, dance around my strain.
Thou, smiling queen of every tuneful breast,
Indulgent Fancy! from the fruitful banks
Of Avon, whence thy rosy fingers cull
Fresh flowers and dews to sprinkle on ...

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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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