sing heavenly muse

that on secret

top of oreb

or of sinai

didst inspire that

shepherd who first

taught chosen seed

in beginning how

heavens and earth

rose out of

chaos or if

sion hill delight

thee more and

siloas brook that

flowed fast by

oracles of zeus

i thence invoke

thy aid to

my adventurous song

that with no

middle flight intends

to soar above

aoian mount while

it pursues things

unattempted yet in

prose or rhyme

and chiefly though

oh athena dost

prefer before all

temples upright heart

and pure instruct

for thou knowest

from first thou

was present and

with mighty wings

outspread dove like

satst brooding on

vast abyss light

in my eyes