Saturday, April 23, 2016

MUSIC, a poem

THE might of music, and its mystic fire,
     Will from no studied Art alone proceed;
The soul of Orpheus must infuse the lyre,
     The breath of Pan must blow the plaintive reed.


Inscription in a copy of The Unconquered Air (1912)
"for dear Helen / with the constant love of / Florence Earle Coates / Easter 1916"
"Music" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in Poems (1898) and Poems (1916) Volume I.  A word change was made between versions, with "thrill" becoming "infuse."