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First Line: Music as of the winds when they awake
Last Line: By violets. Thus beethoven speaks for me.
Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827); Composers; Music & Musicians

Music as of the winds when they awake,
Wailing, in the mid-forest; music that raves
Like moonless tides about forlorn sea-caves
On desolate shores, where swell weird songs and break
In peals of demon laughter; chords athirst
With restless anguish of divine desires —
The voice of a vexed soul ere it aspires
With a great cry for light; anon a burst
Of passionate joy — fierce joy of conscious might,
Down-sinking in voluptuous luxury;
Rich harmonies, full-pulsed with deep delight,
And melodies dying deliciously
As odorous sighs breathed through the quiet night
By violets. Thus Beethoven speaks for me.

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