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TEARS IN MUSIC.

ON THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF MOZART'S SYMPHONY IN

E FLAT.

I.

Oh, hush! my soul, be silent,

For the chords sweep on again ;
Though it take thy heart from out thee,

Still listen to the strain.

II.

It flows along, like waters,

To a tuneful “ dying fall,”
And tells of griefs, and tears, and love

That smiles amid them all.

III.

In deep waves of affection

Flows on the mournful river, Persuasively, persuasively,

For ever and for ever.

IV

Methinks a sad beloved one

Is by her lover kneeling,
And blent with their own echoes still

Her tender strains are stealing.

V.

With her soft blue

eye

she asketh The secret of his woe,

For a burning grief hath seal'd his heart

And his tears will not flow.

VI.

She asketh with the music

That tells of things that were ;
She asks to grieve, for grief with him

Were a solace unto her.

VII.

Like clouds a bright star circling,

Like soft winds round a rose, Like waters round a lily's brim,

That wondrous music flows.

VIII.

Ah, woe for that sweet singer !

Woe for that loving heart! Her pulse beats quick, her words fall fast;

But he turns unmoved to part.

IX.

One lingering note recalls him;

Thus, thus, he cannot sever: And on and on persuasively

The music flows for ever.

X.

Persuasively, persuasively,

She ever seems to plead,
That he would pour his grief to her

The saddest, grief could need.

XI.

Her soft blue eye is filling

With tears for his and him, And her low sad strain swept on again,

Until his own were dim.

XII.

Enough, enough - he weepeth,

His heart no more is cold, And tears can tell a passionate world

That in language is untold.

XIII.

Refreshingly as breezes

Blow o'er the sultry sands, Refreshingly as gushing showers

Rain life on thirsty lands;

XIV.

Delicious as when sunshine

Streams o'er a wintry sky, Delicious as the soft air's breath

When the thunder hath pass’d by ;

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