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Hymn To Adversity Analysis

Author: poem of Thomas Gray Type: poem Views: 10

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Daughter of Jove, relentless Power,

Thou tamer of the human breast,

Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour

The Bad affright, afflict the Best!

Bound in thy adamantine chain

The Proud are taught to taste of pain,

And purple Tyrants vainly groan

With pangs unfelt before, unpitied and alone.

When first thy Sire to send on earth

Virtue, his darling child, designed,

To thee he gave the heav'nly Birth,

And bade to form her infant mind.

Stern rugged Nurse! thy rigid lore

With patience many a year she bore:

What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know,

And from her own she learned to melt at others' woe.

Scared at thy frown terrific, fly

Self-pleasing Folly's idle brood,

Wild Laughter, Noise, and thoughtless Joy,

And leave us leisure to be good.

Light they disperse, and with them go

The summer Friend, the flatt'ring Foe;

By vain Prosperity received,

To her they vow their truth, and are again believed.

Wisdom in sable garb arrayed

Immersed in rapt'rous thought profound,

And Melancholy, silent maid

With leaden eye, that loves the ground,

Still on thy solemn steps attend:

Warm Charity, the gen'ral Friend,

With Justice, to herself severe,

And Pity dropping soft the sadly-pleasing tear.

Oh, gently on thy Suppliant's head,

Dread Goddess, lay thy chast'ning hand!

Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,

Not circled with the vengeful Band

(As by the Impious thou art seen),

With thund'ring voice, and threat'ning mien,

With screaming Horror's funeral cry,

Despair, and fell Disease, and ghastly Poverty.

Thy form benign, O Goddess, wear,

Thy milder influence impart,

Thy philosophic Train be there

To soften, not to wound my heart.

The gen'rous spark extinct revive,

Teach me to love and to forgive,

Exact my own defects to scan,

What others are, to feel, and know myself a Man.


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Its theme is that humans should not complain about what they don\'t have. Rather they should make something of the things they do.

| Posted on 2013-04-23 | by a guest

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I believe that the poem HYMN TO ADVERSITY is stating the irony of wanting to be "all-knowing", but also wanting to be "pure-of-mind". And how the odds-and-ends of life that come from life's misfortunes and/or "lucks" (yes I know that isn't a word) bring about wisdom; no matter how it may be portrayed to the rest of the world. That through the wisdom gained through age we become all-knowing but also become pure-of-mind; which makes the "human" into the true man.

| Posted on 2008-02-24 | by a guest

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