With Pipe and Flute
Dobson, Austin (1840-1921)
With pipe and flute the rustic Pan Of old made music sweet for man; And wonder hushed the warbling bird, And closer drew the calm-eyed herd,-- The rolling river slowlier ran. Ah! would,--ah! would, a little span, Some aire of Arcady could fan This age of ours, too seldom stirred With pipe and flute! But now for gold we plot and plan; And from Beersheba unto Dan Apollo's self might pass unheard, Or find the night-jar's note preferred,-- Not so it fared when time began With pipe and flute!