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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Life for Song
By Giordano Bruno (1548–1600)
 
COME Muse, O Muse, so often scorned by me,
  The hope of sorrow and the balm of care,—
Give to me speech and song, that I may be
Unchid by grief; grant me such graces rare
  As other ministering souls may never see        5
Who boast thy laurel, and thy myrtle wear.
I know no joy wherein thou hast not part,
  My speeding wind, my anchor, and my goal.
Come, fair Parnassus, lift thou up my heart;
  Come, Helicon, renew my thirsty soul.        10
A cypress crown, O Muse, is thine to give,
  And pain eternal: take this weary frame,
Touch me with fire, and this my death shall live
  On all men’s lips and in undying fame.
 
 
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