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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
Love, the Musician
By Francesco Redi (1626–1697)
Translated by Edmund Gosse

LOVE is the Minstrel; for in God’s own sight,
  The master of all melody, he stands,
  And holds a golden rebeck in his hands,
And leads the chorus of the saints in light;
But ever and anon those chambers bright        5
  Detain him not, for down to these low lands
  He flies, and spreads his musical commands,
And teaches men some fresh divine delight.
For with his bow he strikes a single chord
  Across a soul, and wakes in it desire        10
  To grow more pure and lovely, and aspire
To that ethereal country where, outpoured
From myriad stars that stand before the Lord,
  Love’s harmonies are like a flame of fire.

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