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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
By Robertson Trowbridge
NOT to the realm of breathèd sounds alone
  Belong all instruments of melody:
  No less than Music’s self hath Poesy
Her instruments, perchance of finer tone.
She hath her sonnet-trumpet for her own,        5
  Her viols and her pipes of balladry,
  And silver flutes for love’s sweet ministry
In many a tender lyric softly blown.
List, how in clearest harmony they sound,—
  Cymbals and drums beating in battle-song,        10
    Harp-strains of holy psalmody, up-stealing;
And, heard through all, with mighty voice profound
  Out-poured, a wave of sound sustained and strong,
  The solemn epic’s thunderous organ-pealing!

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