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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Hymn to Pan
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
1 Nymph.  Of Pan we sing, the best of singers, Pan,
    That taught us swains how first to tune out lays,
  And on the pipe more airs than Phœbus can.
Chorus.  Hear, O you groves, and hills resound his praise.
 
2 Nymph.  Of Pan we sing, the best of leaders, Pan,        5
    That leads the Naiads and the Dryads forth;
  And to their dances more than Hermes can.
Chorus.  Hear, O you groves, and hills resound his worth.
 
3 Nymph.  Of Pan we sing, the best of hunters, Pan,
    That drives the hart to seek unusèd ways,        10
  And in the chase more than Silvanus can.
Chorus.  Hear, O you groves, and hills resound his praise.
 
2 Nymph.  Of Pan, we sing, the best of shepherds, Pan,
    That keeps our flocks and us, and both leads forth
  To better pastures than great Pales can.        15
Chorus.  Hear, O you groves, and hills resound his worth.
  And while his powers and praises thus we sing,
  The valleys let rebound and all the rivers ring.
 
 
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