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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
The Shrine of Song
By Louis Alexander Robertson
IN mute amazement oft I pause before
  The portals of Song’s shrine and list to those
  Whose music from its classic cloisters flows
Adown the tide of Time for evermore.
I see the place that no man may explore,        5
  Save him whose Art its life to Genius owes,
  On whose rapt lips the sacred cinder glows
That teaches Song’s sweet shibboleth and lore.
Ah, it were heaven to enter in and kneel
  In some dim aisle, unnoticed and apart,        10
    With thirsting soul to drink the sounds that shame
My songs to silence; then to rise and feel
  That my untutored lips had learnt the art
    That seats the singer in the House of Fame!

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