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First Line: The mountains stoop to hills and hills to stones
Last Line: Whose stones and water carve a symphony.
Subject(s): Mountains; Sea; Hills; Downs (Great Britain); Ocean


The mountains stoop to hills and hills to stones,
That shrug and wrinkle, hunch their backs and crook
A rhythmic stairway for the water tones
To strike clear intervals and cause a brook
To lead a melody, arpeggios
Might hurry to a precipice and lose,
If shorter gaps, cautious rests, softer blows
Forgot to intervene, or art to choose;

Below, the music broadens to a stream,
An island interrupts with dissonance,
But contrapuntal fusion saves the theme,
And reaches resolution in the sea:
Horizons round the cadence, close the trance
Whose stones and water carve a symphony.





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