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Calamus 21

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


MUSIC always round me, unceasing, unbeginning— 
 yet long untaught I did not hear,
But now the chorus I hear, and am elated, A tenor, strong, ascending, with power and health, 
 with glad notes of day-break I hear,
A soprano, at intervals, sailing buoyantly over the  
 tops of immense waves,
A transparent base, shuddering lusciously under and  
 through the universe,
31*   [ begin page 366 ]ppp.01500.374.jpg The triumphant tutti—the funeral wailings, with  
 sweet flutes and violins—All these I fill myself  
I hear not the volumes of sound merely—I am  
 moved by the exquisite meanings,
I listen to the different voices winding in and out, 
 striving, contending with fiery vehemence to  
 excel each other in emotion,
I do not think the performers know themselves—But  
 now I think I begin to know them.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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