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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Orpheus with His Lute
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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ORPHEUS with his lute made trees,
And the mountain-tops that freeze,
  Bow themselves, when he did sing:
To his music, plants and flowers
Ever sprung, as sun and showers,        5
  There had been a lasting spring.
 
Every thing that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
  Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art;        10
Killing care and grief of heart,
  Fall asleep, or, hearing, die.
 
 
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