Joseph Warton

(1722 - 1800 / England)

Ode To Music - Poem by Joseph Warton

Queen of every moving measure,
Sweetest source of purest pleasure,
Music; why thy powers employ
Only for the sons of joy?
Only for the smiling guests
At natal or at nuptial feasts?
Rather thy lenient numbers pour
On those whom secret griefs devour;
Bid be still the throbbing hearts
Of those, whom death, or absence parts,
And, with some softly whisper'd air,
Smooth the brow of dumb despair.


Comments about Ode To Music by Joseph Warton

  • Khairul Ahsan (9/7/2018 11:17:00 PM)


    'Queen of every moving measure,
    Sweetest source of purest pleasure' - The opening statement as announced in these opening two lines is an excellent definition of music:
    'Rather thy lenient numbers pour
    On those whom secret griefs devour' - these two lines touched my heart.
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  • (9/6/2018 8:13:00 PM)


    Such a lovely poem by Joseph about music (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/6/2018 10:00:00 AM)


    Thy powers employ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Adrian Flett (9/6/2018 4:05:00 AM)


    Wonderful music the close partner of poetry. The poem flows with power of music as it portrays the different ways music helps in all spheres of life. (Report) Reply

    Khairul Ahsan (9/7/2018 11:09:00 PM)

    Nice comment, thanks!

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/6/2018 3:20:00 AM)


    Fantastic poem, indeed it smooth the brow of dumb despair. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (9/6/2018 1:33:00 AM)


    none it is, nothing it is
    but it’s a living being
    purest food of soul and six senses
    or heaven
    happy or sorrow
    every today for tomorrow
    it makes everything good in magical marrow
    -its music
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/6/2018 12:53:00 AM)


    Such a great write by Joseph Warton................ (Report) Reply

  • (7/30/2018 10:39:00 PM)


    what is this peom about? (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (6/19/2014 1:27:00 PM)


    This poetry is so complicated, i find it hard to grasp the meaning for Im still new to poetry (Report) Reply

    (7/30/2018 10:42:00 PM)

    what do you mean? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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