Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ODE (MUSIC-MAKERS), by ARTHUR WILLIAM EDGAR O'SHAUGHNESSY

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ODE (MUSIC-MAKERS), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: We are the music makers, / and we are the dreamers of dreams
Last Line: Or one that is coming to birth.
Alternate Author Name(s): O'shaughnessy, Arthur W. E.
Variant Title(s): The Music-makers;ode
Subject(s): Freedom; Poetry & Poets; Religion; Liberty; Theology

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory.
One man with a dream at pleasure
Shall go forth and conquer a crown,
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o'erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world's worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.

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