John Milton



At a Solemn Music



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John Milton (1608-1674)

At a Solemn Music



Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heavínís joy,
Sphere-born harmonious Sisters, Voice, and Verse,
Wed your divine sounds, and mixt power employ
Dead things with inbreathed sense able to pierce,
And to our high-raised fantasy present,
That undisturbed Song of pure content,
Aye sung before the sapphire-colored throne
To him that sits thereon
With Saintly shout, and solemn Jubilee,
Where the bright Seraphim in burning row
Their loud uplifted Angel-trumpets blow,
And the Cherubic host in thousand choirs
Touch their immortal Harps of golden wires,
With those just Spirits that wear victorious Palms,
Hymns devout and holy Psalms
Singing everlastingly;
That we on Earth with undiscording voice
May rightly answer that melodious noise;
As once we did, till disproportioned sin
Jarred against natureís chime, and with harsh din
The fair music that all creatures made
To their great Lord, whose love their motion swayed
In perfect Diapason, whilst they stood
In first obedience, and their state of good.
O may we soon again renew that Song,
And keep in tune with Heavín, till God ere long
To his celestial consort us unite,
To live with him, and sing in endless morn of light.





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