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First Line: Fair sister of the muses, 'tis the hour
Last Line: Fame greets the artist -- I, the constant child.

FAIR sister of the Muses, 't is the hour,
Dearest of all, when thou dost wed thy Art.
No bride more radiant a more single heart
Gave to her chosen -- and what noble dower!
Graces akin to forest and to flower;
A spirit blithe as dawn; a soul astart;
A nature rich, to keep thee what thou art --
A star of beauty and a flame of power.

Now, while the tranced throng turn each to each
Sharing their joy, think'st thou on those young years
When many a day and night was unbeguiled
Save by this love that lightened toil and tears?
Thy music melts upon the verge of speech;
Fame greets the artist -- I, the constant child.

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