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The Piano

Low brooding cadences that dream and cry,
    Life’s stress and passion echoing straight and clear;
Wild flights of notes that clamor and beat high
    Into the storm and battle, or drop sheer;
Strange majesties of sound beyond all words
    Ringing on clouds and thunderous heights sublime:
Sad detonance of golden tones and chords
    That tremble with the secret of all time;
0, wrap me round; for one exulting hour
    Possess my soul, and I indeed shall know
The wealth of living, the desire, the power,
    The tragic sweep, the Apollonian glow;
All life shall stream before me; I shall see,
    With eyes unblanched, Time and Eternity.

—Archibald Lampman.
By permission.


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