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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Song: ‘Shake off your heavy trance’
By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616) and John Fletcher (1579–1625)
 
SHAKE off your heavy trance,
And leap into a dance,
Such as no mortals use to tread,
Fit only for Apollo—
To play to, for the moon to lead,        5
And all the stars to follow!
O blessed youth! for Jove doth pause,
Laying aside his graver laws
  For this device:
And at the wedding such a pair        10
Each dance is taken for a prayer,
  Each song a sacrifice.
You should stay longer if we durst;
Away! Alas! that he that first
Gave Time wild wings to fly away,        15
Has now no power to make him stay.
 
 
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