The Farewell to the Muse, and Six Reasons for It

A FAREWELL TO THE MUSE, AND SIX REASONS FOR IT .

I T may be ask'd, why mute the Poet's voice?
Of Six good Reasons you shall take your choice.
The Law's delay, and the Attorney's bill;
The Tabbies that with piercing talons kill;
The hostile Friend, that acts a Tyrant's part;
The desolated life, and broken heart.

SAPPHO'S REPLY .

But still you touch the harp's enchanted string,
And, like the fabled swans, in death you sing.
Though Cerberus presents, with triple head,
The want of peace, of credit, and of bread;
From every satin cheek and melting lip
The honey'd nectar of a kiss you sip;
The mind's amusement, and the body's too,
With independent spirit you pursue;
From all the characters that Fancy hit
Extract materials for your mirth and wit,
Laugh at the fool, your tears to mercy give,
Spare to the poor, and Fame's caprice forgive.
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