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First Line: Your beauty is as subtle as a strain
Last Line: Brazen as cymbals, boisterous as drums!
Subject(s): Drums; Music & Musicians; Musical Instruments


Your beauty is as subtle as a strain
Of quiet music hardly sensed or heard,
Music with accents softened, tempered, blurred,
Which scarcely seem recorded by the brain;
Till afterwards, when mightier measures wane
Leaving the memory unthrilled, unstirred,
That strain returns like some sweet spell deferred
Binding the senses in a lyric chain.

Your beauty is such music, muted low,
It lingers when more poignant loveliness
Has lost its magic. Subtle, gentle, slow,
An anodyne to all life's bitter stress,
It thrills me—and all beauty else becomes
Brazen as cymbals, boisterous as drums!





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