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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
July 26
Parsifal—at Baireuth
By Irving Browne (1835–1899)
          Richard Wagner’s opera, Parsifal, was first performed at Bayreuth, July 26, 1882.

OH solemn harmonies that sound
  When worldly light and pleasure fail,
And magic radiance all around
  Glows through the Holy Grail!
Come, lover of a vanished friend!        5
  Uplifted on these strains divine,
Feel love and mercy without end
  In pitying Christ that shine!
Oh Man of Sorrows! cure his grief,
  And let the world’s repining small        10
Within thy bosom find relief,
  Thou sorrower for all!
Forgetful of the world’s unrest,
  Each troubled heart in reverence bends,
And for one fleeting moment blest        15
  The Holy Dove descends.

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