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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
The Lyre of Life
By William Wilfred Campbell (1861–1918)
I AM a sad Aeolian lyre,
  On which the wind of destiny sings
Earth’s discords, or her glad desire,
  Until some dread hand breaks my strings;—
Until some dread hand makes me mute,        5
  And Earth’s great organ tones, her roar
  Of Autumn on his wintry shore;
Old Ocean’s voice,
Bidding his mighty hosts rejoice;
  Spring’s melodies that thrill and soar,        10
Her viol, oboe, lute, and flute,
  Reverberate round my heart no more.

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