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First Line: Romance beside his unstrung lute
Last Line: Goes wandering.
Subject(s): Realism


ROMANCE beside his unstrung lute,
Lies stricken mute.
The old-time fire, the antique grace,
You will not find them anywhere.
To-day we breathe a commonplace,
Polemic, scientific air:
We strip Illusion of her veil;
We vivisect the nightingale
To probe the secret of his note.
The Muse in alien ways remote
Goes wandering.





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