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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
By Sarah E. Carmichael
I LOVE the music of the wave,
  I love the night wind’s song;
I love to hear the storm king cheer
  His frenzied host along;
I love all nature’s thrilling tones,        5
  I love the notes of art—
But better far, than all, I love
  The music of the heart.
I love the tints of beauty laid
  Softly on leaf and flower;        10
The trembling light that gilds the night,
  And wraps the midnight hour;
I love the sunny warmth and light
  From the glad sunbeams stole—
But better far, than all, I love        15
  The beauty of the soul.
I prize all heaven’s precious gifts,
  Laid on the earth or sea;
The lowliest flower that decks life’s bower
  Is beautiful to me:        20
I value every ray of light
  That gleams below—above;
But, oh! I value more than these
  The smiles of those I love.

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