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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
589. World Music
By Frances Louisa Bushnell
JUBILANT the music through the fields a-ringing,—
Carol, warble, whistle, pipe,—endless ways of singing,
  Oriole, bobolink, melody of thrushes,
  Rustling trees, hum of bees, sudden little hushes,
    Broken suddenly again—        5
    Carol, whistle, rustle, humming,
    In reiterate refrain,
    Thither, hither, going, coming,
While the streamlets’ softer voices mingle murmurously together;
Gurgle, whisper, lapses, plashes,—praise of love and summer weather.        10
Hark! A music finer on the air is blowing,—
Throbs of infinite content, sounds of things a-growing,
  Secret sounds, flit of bird under leafy cover,
  Odors shy floating by, clouds blown swiftly over,
    Kisses of the crimson roses,        15
    Crosses of the lily-lances,
    Stirrings when a bud uncloses,
    Tripping sun and shadow dances,
Murmur of aërial tides, stealthy zephyrs gliding,
And a thousand nameless things sweeter for their hiding.        20
Ah! a music more than these floweth on forever,
In and out, yet all beyond our tracing or endeavor,
  Far yet clear, strange yet near, sweet with a profounder sweetness,
  Mystical, rhythmical, weaving all into completeness;
    For its wide, harmonious measures        25
    Not one earthly note let fall;
    Sorrows, raptures, pains and pleasures,
    All in it, and it in all.
Of earth’s music the ennobler, of its discord the refiner,
Pipe of Pan was once its naming, now it hath a name diviner.        30


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