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ABT VOGLER.


Had I written the same, made verse—still, effect proceeds from cause,
 Ye know why the forms are fair, ye hear how the tale is told;
It is all triumphant art, but art in obedience to laws,
 Painter and poet are proud in the artist-list enrolled:—


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But here is the finger of God, a flash of the will that can,
 Existent behind all laws, that made them and, lo, they are!
And I know not if, save in this, such gift be allowed to man,
 That out of three sounds he frame, not a fourth sound, but a star.
Consider it well: each tone of our scale in itself is nought;
 It is everywhere in the world—loud, soft, and all is said:
Give it to me to use! I mix it with two in my thought;
 And, there! Ye have heard and seen: consider and bow the head!