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BEETHOVEN'S MUSIC TO FAUST
O God of loving mercy, wilt Thou deign
To hear my prayer that yet a little while,
Only a little space I may beguile This misery, creating once again?
Be it not yet in vain that I have learned
thought, With purest gold and richest gems in
wrought, While in my heart of hearts Thy fire burned.
If it be wrong, my brother, to have grieved
At thy distress, and sought to enter in
To all that's hidden, then our art is sin, And we are all deceivers and deceived.
My sister, I have lived thy life with thee From merry childhood to the thoughtful
days Of womanhood with forward-looking gaze And suffered with thee in thine agony.
And paid the utmost farthing to atone
For all thou didst, and found at last release From this world's mystery in perfect peace. — Fetch me my book and leave me here alone.
Most intellectual master of the art,
Which, best of all, teaches the mind of man
The universe in all its varied planWhat strangely mingled thoughts thy strains
impart! Here the faint tenor thrills the inmost heart, There the rich bass the Reason's balance
shows; Here breathes the softest sigh that Love
e'er knows; There sudden fancies, seeming without chart,
Float into wildest breezy interludes; The part is all forgot — hopes sweetly breathe, And our whole being glows — when lo! be
neath The flowery brink, Despair's deep sob con
cludes ! Startled, we try to free us from the chain Notes of high triumph swell, and we are thine again!
Margaret Fuller Ossoli.
O sovereign " Master! stern and splendid
power, That calmly dost both time and death defy; Lofty and lone as mountain-peaks that tower,
Leading our thoughts up to the eternal sky: Keeper of some divine, mysterious key,
Raising us far above all human care, Unlocking awful gates of harmony To let heaven's light in on the world's
despair ; Smiter of solemn chords that still command
Echoes in souls that suffer and aspire, In the great moment while we hold thy hand, Baptized with pain and rapture, tears and
fire, God lifts our saddened foreheads from the
dust, The everlasting God, in whom we trust!
A MEMORY OF RUBINSTEIN
He of the ocean is, its thunderous waves Echo his music; while far down the shore
Mad laughter hurries - a
a white, blowing spume. I hear again in memory that wild storm; The winds of heaven go rushing round the
world, And broods above the rage one sphinx-like face.
Richard Watson Gilder.
As through the leafy close the crystal shine
Of streamlet purling on its way is seen,
Nor in its mazes down the clust'ring green Of interlacing boughs and pendent vine, Nor 'neath the shadows of the day's decline
Is hid, — so doth thy melody's bright sheen Flash through close harmony's inwoven
screen ; And well we call thy matchless strains divine ! Who lists shall live in Golden Age once
more, Shall catch the voice of sweet Arcadian
lutes, Behold, as erst, glad nymphs dance on the
shore, To tabor's sound and dithyrambic flutes,