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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
St. Cecilia’s Day
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
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FROM harmony, from heavenly harmony,
  This universal frame began:
  From harmony to harmony,
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in man.        5
What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
  When Jubal struck the chorded shell,
  His listening brethren stood around,
  And, wondering, on their faces fell
  To worship that celestial sound.        10
Less than a God they thought there could not dwell
  Within the hollow of that shell,
  That spoke so sweetly and so well.
What passion cannot Music raise and quell?

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