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AN IMPROMPTU; ... FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE GREAT ORGAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I asked three little maidens who heard the organ play
Last Line: "and what you heard last evening were seraph lips and lyres!"
Subject(s): Organs (Musical Instruments)


I ASKED three little maidens who heard the organ play,
Where all the music came from that stole our hearts away:

"I know," -- said fair-haired Edith, -- "it was the autumn breeze
That whistled through the hollows of all those silver trees."

"No, child!" -- said keen-eyed Clara, -- "it is a lion's cage, --
They woke him out of slumber, -- I heard him roar and rage."

"Nay," -- answered soft-voiced Anna, -- "'t was thunder
that you heard,
And after that came sunshine and singing of a bird."

"Hush, hush, you little children, for all of you are wrong,"
I said, "my pretty darlings, -- it was no earthly song;
A band of blessed angels has left the heavenly choirs,
And what you heard last evening were seraph lips and lyres!"





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