Henry Purcell

  • Henry Purcell

  • The poet wishes well to the divine genius of Purcell and praises him that, whereas other musicians have given utterance to the moods of man’s mind, he has, beyond that, uttered in notes the very make and species of man as created both in him and in all men generally.
  • Have fair fallen, O fair, fair have fallen, so dear
  • To me, so arch-especial a spirit as heaves in Henry Purcell,
  • An age is now since passed, since parted; with the reversal
  • Of the outward sentence low lays him, listed to a heresy, here.
  • Not mood in him nor meaning, proud fire or sacred fear,
  • Or love or pity or all that sweet notes not his might nursle:
  • It is the forgèd feature finds me; it is the rehearsal
  • Of own, of abrupt self there so thrusts on, so throngs the ear.
  • Let him oh! with his air of angels then lift me, lay me! only I’ll
  • Have an eye to the sakes of him, quaint moonmarks, to his pelted plumage under
  • Wings: so some great stormfowl, whenever he has walked his while
  • The thunder-purple seabeach plumè purple-of-thunder,
  • If a wuthering of his palmy snow-pinions scatter a colossal smile
  • Off him, but meaning motion fans fresh our wits with wonder.