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FLOWER OF GNIDE. The following Ode is translated from the original
Spanish of Garcilaso de la Vega, by Mr. J. H. Wittcu. " It is not
often," to use a cant phrase of the present day, we meet with such
poetry as this. The sentiments do honor to the original writer; the
language does equal honor to the translator, and shews what the
English language is capable of in the hands of a master. If this
Ode were read to a foreigner, totally ignorant of the English
language, he would perceive a strength, harmony, and fire, .of
which he could not trace a vestige in the sing-song lullabies, of
which the bulk of modern poetry is composed. The words are happily
selected, and still more happily disposed of, - the vowel and
consonant sounds being so judiciously blended with each other, that
the language is nervous without being harsh, and musical without
being effeminate. In the first stanza, almost every word is an echo
to the sense, an effect which will always take place unconsciously,
whenever the poet is truly inspired by his subject, particularly
when an analogy exists between his ideas and any modification of
sounds whatever. This Ode reminds us of Gray: it possesses all his
classic elegance and chastity of manner, and has not a feature, m
common, with any of our modern schools.?Ed. Had I the sweet
resounding lyre, Whose voice could in a moment chain The howliug
winds' ungovern'd ire, And movement of the raging main, On savage
hill the leopard rein, The lion's fiery soul entrance, And lead
along with golden tones, The fascinated trees and stones, In
voluntary dance. Think not, think not, fair flower of Gnide, It
e'er should celebrate the scars, Dust rais'd, blood shed, or
laurels' dyed, Beneath the gonfalon of Mars; Or, borne sublime on
festal cars, The ...
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