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Beethoven

Beethoven heard the children Stars at play,

And the first dawn of Music surge along

The abyss; Beethoven heard life’s nascent song

When the Elder Gods intoned the Milky Way,

And anthemed Silence, pealing through the array

Of flameless spheres, awoke them, and they sang;

Beethoven heard the cosmic armour clang

Of heaven and hell, time’s primal battle day.

Now wilt thou teach Us and the stars to sing,

Enthroned above the zenith midst thy pears?”

–“Nay, yon dark earth sorrows”, Beethoven said.

Hither go I”. – “Yet feel thou never the sting

Of earth’s discord!” said God; and touched his ears

To immortal peace; and sighed, bowing His head.

– Kenneth Morris