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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1091. The Old Violin
 
By Maurice Francis Egan
 
 
THOUGH tuneless, stringless, it lies there in dust,
  Like some great thought on a forgotten page;
The soul of music cannot fade or rust,—
  The voice within it stronger grows with age;
Its strings and bow are only trifling things—        5
A master-touch!—its sweet soul wakes and sings.
 

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