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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
Song to Apollo, from Œdipus
Phœbus, God belov’d by men;
At thy dawn, ev’ry Beast is rouz’d in his Den;
At thy Setting, all the Birds of thy absence complain,
And we dye, all dye till the morning comes again,
  Phœbus, God belov’d by men!        5
  Idol of the Eastern Kings,
  Awful as the God who flings
  His Thunder round, and the Lightning wings;
  God of Songs, and Orphean Strings,
  Who to this mortal bosom brings        10
  All harmonious heav’nly Things!
  Thy drouzie Prophet to revive,
Ten thousand thousand forms before him drive;
With Chariots and Horses all o’ Fire awake him,
Convulsions, and Furies, and Prophesies shake him:        15
Let him tell it in Groans, tho’ he bend with the load,
Tho’ he burst with the weight of the terrible God.

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