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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By William Strode (1602–1645)
WHEN whispering strains with creeping wind
Distil soft passions through the heart;
And when at every touch we find
Our pulses beat and bear a part;
  When threads can make        5
  A heartstring ache,
  Can scarce deny,
  Our souls are made of harmony.
When unto heavenly joys we faine        10
Whate’er the soul affecteth most,
Which only thus we can explain
By music of the heavenly host;
  Whose lays we think
  Make stars to wink,        15
  Can scarce deny
  Our souls consist of harmony.
O lull me, lull me, charming air!
My senses rock with wonder sweet;        20
Like snow on wool thy fallings are;
Soft like a spirit’s are thy feet!
  Grief who needs fear
  That hath an ear?
  Down let him lie,        25
  And slumbering die,
  And change his soul for harmony.

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