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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Preparation
By Thomas Edward Brown (1830–1897)
 
HAST thou a cunning instrument of play,
’Tis well; but see thou keep it bright,
And tuned to primal chords, so that it may
Be ready day and night.
For when He comes thou know’st not, who shall say:—        5
‘These virginals are apt’; and try a note,
And sit, and make sweet solace of delight,
That men shall stand to listen on the way,
And all the room with heavenly music float.
 
 
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