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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Perpetuity
By Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
 
I HEARD a sweet voice singing in the night
  A tender love-song written years ago,
  To ease a poet’s heart of that deep woe
  Born of long absence from its dear delight;
And as the music like a bird took flight        5
  Across the shadowed world and vanished so,
  I thought of him who wrote it,—did he know
  How Time would keep his jewel-lyric bright?
O Poet of to-day, whose heart would sing
  Some simple song of love, and sweet words give        10
  To mate the melody that thrills the lute,—
Sing on, nor heed what lips are murmuring
  To scorn your art; one perfect song shall live
  For love and you long after they are mute!
 
 
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