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THE STORY OF ORPHEUS, by                    
First Line: Tis said the music of the thracian bard
Last Line: And changed the savage to the citizen
Subject(s): Life;mythology - Classical;orpheus

'TIS said the music of the Thracian bard
Had power to make the savage creatures tame;
Streams ceased to flow -- birds heard him -- and they came --
And even rocks were moved, though dull and hard.
Ay, and the trees by that sweet symphony
Were brought to crown him with their pleasant shade.
'Tis a kind fable by the poets made,
For nothing senseless thus inspired could be:
Yet did this Orpheus by his gentle phrase,
Soften and soothe the world's primeval race;
Won them from savage life to milder ways,
And taught them justice, dignity, and grace;
Made each unite him with his fellow men,
And changed the savage to the citizen.

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