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BEETHOVEN, by            
First Line: A prince of music with a builder's art
Last Line: The notes and symphonies he gave.
Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827); Composers; Music & Musicians

A prince of music with a builder's art,
A wondrous man of mystery!
To life he gave a legacy apart
And waked the world to majesty.
How rich, how deep his soul's propelling power,
As list'ning souls mount to the sky;
Prophetic, happy visions fill the hour,
Resplendent in a maze they lie.

Though lost to him was every sound of earth,
From thund'rous force to breathless speech,
There lived within a voice of finer worth
That knew the cadences of each.
Too soon a silence deep o'ershadowed all,
But still he dreamed and sang his song,
And, trusting trod a lonely hall,
In silent solitude grew strong.
He's left to earth a legacy sublime,
An art that everyone might crave,
A boon to ages in the files of time,
The notes and symphonies he gave.

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