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First Line: Hark! Hearest thou not the pipe of faunus, sweeping
Last Line: By music and enchantment all surrounded.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Greece; Music & Musicians; Mythology - Classical; Pan (Mythology); Statues; Greeks


HARK! hearest thou not the pipe of Faunus, sweeping,
In dulcet glee, through Thessaly's domain?
Dost thou not see embowered wood-nymphs peeping
To watch the graces that around him reign;
While distant vintagers, and peasants reaping,
Stand in mute transport, listening to the strain;
And Pan himself, beneath a pine-tree sleeping,
Looks round, and smiles, and drops to sleep again?
O happy Greece! while thy blest sons were rovers
Through all the loveliness this earth discovers,
They in their minds a brighter region founded,
Haunted by gods and sylvans, nymphs and lovers,
Where forms of grace through sunny landscapes bounded,
By music and enchantment all surrounded.





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