Monday, March 13, 2017

FRITZ SCHEEL, a poem

A TRIBUTE
HE gave his life to Music,—gave—
     For love, not hire,—himself denying;
His body rests, o'erwearied, in the grave,
     But Music lives and gives him life undying.

In the deep silence, may he hear
     Such harmonies as he could wake,
And O, may some faint accents reach his ear
     From the great City's heart that sorrows for his sake!
"Fritz Scheel" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in Book News Monthly (? 1907) and in Lyrics of Life (1909).

Fritz Scheel was "a German conductor, and the first musical director of the Philadelphia Orchestra." (Wikipedia) He was born 7 November 1852 and died 13 March 1907.

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