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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
III. Church Music
By Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber (1814–1890)
 
O, DEARLY do I love the organ’s pealing,
  With psalm-tune holy or with anthem grand,
  The while I drum the measure with my hand,
And gaze devoutly at the frescoed ceiling
Where modern Angelos have spent their skill,        5
  And mimic niche and pillar make display,
  And shadows fling themselves in every way,
In independence of the sun’s high will.
I love to hear the voice and organ blending,
  And pouring on the air a cloud of sound,        10
  Until, as with a spell, my soul is bound,
And every faculty is heavenward tending.
  Bang goes a cricket! Squalls a child, sonorous;
  And earth’s harsh discord drowns the heavenly chorus!
 
 
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