Littell's Living Age/Volume 144/Issue 1865/Æolian

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Æolian [edit]

    His soul is tuned to subtler harmonies

Than our dull music; never mortal touch Woke such wild sweetness from the well-tuned harp; Nor mortal touch from him can draw his best.

    Ah! set him in the woodlands, or where lakes

Lend heaven a mirror for its thousand eyes, Or where the ocean evermore complains In lonely grandeur of its loneliness. These rouse him to full rapture, and he breaks Into the sweetness of an angel’s song Who wakes on earth, new-fall’n in sleep from heaven.

    So the Æolian harp owns not the sway

Of harper’s fingers; not the ordered laws Of fugue, sonata, symphony; yet breathes Its whole full heart forth to the lawless wind.