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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. Melody and Harmony
By William Green
 
MUSIC, high maid, at first, essaying, drew
  Rude sketches for the ear; till, with skilled hand
  She traced the flowing outline, simply grand
  In varied groups to grace and nature true;
And this was MELODY. Her knowledge grew,        5
  And, more to finish, as her powers expand,
  Those beauteous draughts, a noble scheme she planned,
  And o’er the whole a glow of coloring threw,—
Evening’s rich painting on a pencilled sky,—
  Tints that with sweet accord bewitch the sense;        10
  ’T was HARMONY. The common crowd that press
Around prefer the charms these hues dispense,
  As they chance-mingled on the palette lie,
  To her white forms of undecked loveliness.
 
 
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