Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Miscellany | The Reprint Company; Samuel Hart, Sen. | 1845, 1983
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But in the well-known voice,
There lies a deeper and more secret spell,
Bidding the heart in tones remembered well ;
Once more rejoice !

She quells the stormy power,
Which bore the spirit madly from its sphere,
And bids the buried shapes of joy appear,
As in the hour

When life was tinged with hue,
Fair as the tints on dying daylight set,
Or those which gleam in night's gemmed coronet,
The spangled dew.

IT is impossible to contemplate the annals of Greek
literature and art, without being struck with them, as by
far the most extraordinary and brilliant phenomenon in
the history of the human mind. The very language,
even in its primitive simplicity, as it came down from the
rhapsodists who celebrated the exploits of Hercules and
Theseus, was as great a wonder as any it records. All
the other tongues that civilized men have spoken, are
poor, and feeble, and barbarous, in comparison of it. Its