Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO THE MUSES, by WILLIAM BLAKE

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TO THE MUSES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Whether on ida's shady brow / or in the chambers of the east
Last Line: The sound is forced, the notes are few!
Subject(s): Bible; Imagination; Muses; Mythology; Poetry & Poets; Vision; Fancy

WHETHER on Ida's shady brow,
Or in the chambers of the East,
The chambers of the sun, that now
From ancient melody have ceased;

Whether in Heaven ye wander fair,
Or the green corners of the earth,
Or the blue regions of the air
Where the melodious winds have birth;

Whether on crystal rocks ye rove,
Beneath the bosom of the sea
Wandering in many a coral grove,
Fair Nine, forsaking Poetry!

How have you left the ancient love
That bards of old enjoyed in you!
The languid strings do scarcely move!
The sound is forced, the notes are few!

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