At a Solemn Music


…from the quills of the dead white poets



John Milton (1608 – 1674)



Blest pair of Sirens, pledges of Heaven’s 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 phantasy present

 That undisturbed Song of pure concent

 Ay sung before the sapphire-colour’d 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 Cherubic host in thousand quires

 Touch their immortal harps of golden wires,

 With those just Spirits that wear victorious palms,

 Hymns devout and holy psalms

 Singing everlastingly:

 Thus we on earth, with undiscording voice

 May rightly answer that melodious noise;

 As once we did, till disproportion’d sin

 Jarr’d against the nature’s chime, and with harsh din

 Broke the fair music that all creatures made

 To their great Lord, whose love their motion sway’d

 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 Heaven, till God ere long

 To His celestial concert us unite,

 To live with Him, and sing in endless morn of light!


About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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