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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Milton
 
CXV. At a Solemn Music
 
  BLEST pair of Sirens, pledges of Heaven's joy, 
  Sphere-born harmonious Sisters, Voice and Verse! 
  Wed your divine sounds, and mixt power employ 
  Dead things with inbreathed sense able to pierce; 
  And to our high-raised phantasy present         5
  That undisturbèd Song of pure concent 
  Aye sung before the sapphire-colour'd throne 
        To Him that sits thereon, 
  With saintly shout and solemn jubilee; 
  Where the bright Seraphim, in burning row,  10
  Their loud uplifted angel-trumpets blow; 
  And the Cherubic host, in thousand quires, 
  Touch their immortal harps of golden wires, 
  With those just Spirits that wear victorious palms. 
        Hymns devout and holy psalms  15
        Singing everlastingly: 
  That we on Earth, with undiscording voice, 
  May rightly answer that melodious noise; 
  As once we did, till disproportion'd sin 
  Jarr'd against nature's chime, and with harsh din  20
  Broke the fair music that all creatures made 
  To their great Lord, whose love their motion sway'd 
  In perfect diapason, whilst they stood 
  In first obedience, and their state of good. 
  O may we soon again renew that Song,  25
  And keep in tune with Heaven, till God ere long 
  To His celestial consort us unite, 
To live with Him, and sing in endless morn of light! 
 
 
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