Thomas Gray in Cambridge - May, 1757

from Letter from Mr Gray to Mr Mason, Cambridge, May 1757, page 193:

Mr. Parry has been here, and scratched out such ravishing blind harmony, such tunes of a thousand years old, with names enough to choak you, as have set all this learned body a dancing, and inspired them with due reverence for my old Bard his countryman, whenever he shall appear. Mr. Parry, you must know, has put my ode in motion again, and has brought it at last to a conclusion.
cite as

Thomas Gray, Letter from Mr Gray to Mr Mason, Cambridge, May 1757. In John Drinkwater (ed.), Gray's Poems, Select Letters and Essays (1912), p. 193. accessed: 20 April, 2024

location of experience: Cambridge


Thomas Gray
scholar, Poet

Listening to

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harp music performed by John Parry

Experience Information

Date/Time May, 1757
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


The ode in question is Gray's 'The Bard'.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:26:23 +0000