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SONNET ON PIETRO REGGIO HIS SETTING TO MUSIC MR. COWLEY'S POEMS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If theban pindar rais'd his country's fame
Last Line: And with his daphne crown thy rival head.
Subject(s): Cowley, Abraham (1618-1667)


IF Theban Pindar rais'd his country's fame,
Whilst its great deeds he does in odes rehearse,
And they made greater by his noble verse
In gratitude are trophies to his name:

Then English Pindar shall for ever live,
Since his divine and lofty poetry
Secur'd, great Reggio, by thy harmony,
Shall to itself immortal glory give.

The world's amaz'd to hear the sweet consent,
Betwixt thy charming voice and instrument,
They'd stop the bays which from Apollo fled;
Thy skilful notes would make in full career
Phoebus, the God of Music, stay to hear,
And with his Daphne crown thy rival head.





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