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THE ORGAN (ALLEGRO), by            
First Line: Gift of the faithful, the eloquent organ
Last Line: All these mellifluous voices you bring with you!
Subject(s): Organs (Musical Instruments)


Gift of the faithful, the eloquent organ,
Gracing the loft that faces the transept,
Waits for the master to waken the spirit
Forth from the marvellous heart of the instrument.

Silent as yet are the tall golden bourdons,
Motionless lie the powerful bellows;
Closed are the stops, all inert are the pedals:
They will respond at the hour of the festival.

Come, O breath of the gale from the ocean,
Come from the far distant murmuring forest,
Come from the reeds that sigh by the river:
It is your music the master makes manifest.

Songs of the warblers, the soughing of branches,
Waterfalls, mountain-brooks, silverly tinkling,
Echo of lakes when the ice shouts his pæan
All these mellifluous voices you bring with you!





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