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First Line: And if the song should die...What then...O man
Last Line: The lilt of spring when leaves of autumn fall?


And if the song should die ... what then ... O man
Of little faith! Whose lips would shape the tune
Of milky ways or sound the flute of Pan,
If once the pendulum should pause too soon?
Whose heart would swing across the empty space
To bridge that silent time, if when the song
Should die there was no other one to place
A lyric melody where shadows throng?

O nightingale, and all lone throats that sing,
O blue bird, meadow lark and woodland thrush,
To you the weight of leaden thought must cling
And tick away the hours of midnight hush.
But if the song should die ... who would recall
The lilt of spring when leaves of autumn fall?





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