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HARMONY, by            
First Line: Out of harmony,' they said
Last Line: Out of harmony.

"Out of harmony," they said,
And she agreed:
Yet she left it hanging there above her bed
Year after year, -- the small brown frame
With its page
Streaked and yellowed with age.

Out of harmony! She knew
That its page
Was streaked and yellowed with age
When to her, as a child, it seemed to be
Out of harmony.

Yet now reclining, weary
With the strain and feverish ways of the day's routine
She lifts her eyes to the old brown frame
And hears again the sweet refrain:
"Over my slumbers your loving watch keep, --
Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep."

The old brown frame with its page
Streaked and yellowed with age
On her wall remains
A symbol of serenity, bequeathing quietude
When all the world would seem to be
Out of harmony.

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