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On Music - Poem by Thomas Moore

When through life unblest we rove,
Losing all that made life dear,
Should some notes we used to love,
In days of boyhood, meet our ear,
Oh! how welcome breathes the strain!
Wakening thoughts that long have slept,
Kindling former smiles again
In faded eyes that long have wept.

Like the gale, that sighs along
Beds of oriental flowers,
Is the grateful breath of song,
That once was heard in happier hours.
Fill'd with balm the gale sighs on,
Though the flowers have sunk in death;
So, when pleasure's dream is gone,
Its memory lives in Music's breath.

Music, oh, how faint, how weak,
Language fades before thy spell!
Why should Feeling ever speak,
When thou canst breathe her soul so well?
Friendship's balmy words may feign,
Love's are even more false than they;
Oh! 'tis only music's strain
Can sweetly soothe, and not betray.


Comments about On Music by Thomas Moore

  • Gold Star - 14,716 Points Moira Cameron (3/3/2016 10:40:00 AM)

    That last verse captures so well what every musician knows to his core! I knew a young boy who suffered from emotional trauma. When he heard Beethoven for the first time (at the age of 7 or 8) he remarked: How can Beethoven know how I am feeling? (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Purushothaman P (8/3/2015 5:39:00 PM)

    Oh! Such truth in thy words
    For they revive my broken dreams
    Music as thy said
    Royalty undefined by words
    But believe when I only here retaliate
    `Tis beauty in words is sweet music to me (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 529 Points Brian Jani (6/19/2014 1:03:00 PM)

    Music is a truly magical gift, one has to listen keenly to discover it (Report) Reply

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Poems About Music

  1. 1. I Am In Need Of Music , Elizabeth Bishop
  2. 2. Dirge Without Music , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. 3. Ancient Music , Ezra Pound
  4. 4. Celestial Music , Louise Gluck
  5. 5. Music , Walter de la Mare
  6. 6. Music Swims Back To Me , Anne Sexton
  7. 7. Music, When Soft Voices Die , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  8. 8. I Know The Music , Wilfred Owen
  9. 9. Broken Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  10. 10. We Are The Music-Makers , Arthur William Edgar O'Shaug ..
  11. 11. What Is Music To You? , Sylvia Chidi
  12. 12. Sonnet 128: How Oft, When Thou, My Music.. , William Shakespeare
  13. 13. (1) Before The Music Ends , Sandra Fowler
  14. 14. Music , Frank O'Hara
  15. 15. Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. 16. Call It Music , Philip Levine
  17. 17. Bagpipe Music , Louis Macneice
  18. 18. Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Tho.. , William Shakespeare
  19. 19. At A Solemn Music , John Milton
  20. 20. April Music , s./j. goldner
  21. 21. That Music Always Round Me , Walt Whitman
  22. 22. Words For Music Perhaps , William Butler Yeats
  23. 23. Church Music , George Herbert
  24. 24. The Music , Kathryn Thompson
  25. 25. To Music , Rainer Maria Rilke
  26. 26. Music I Heard , Conrad Potter Aiken
  27. 27. Alexander's Feast; Or, The Power Of Music , John Dryden
  28. 28. From Spring Days To Winter (For Music) , Oscar Wilde
  29. 29. On Music , Thomas Moore
  30. 30. Music , Wilfred Owen
  31. 31. The Choir And Music Of Solitude And Sile.. , Delmore Schwartz
  32. 32. Away With Funeral Music , Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. 33. Secret Music , Siegfried Sassoon
  34. 34. Better—than Music! For I—who Heard It , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. Music , .Pd. is here
  36. 36. Proud Music Of The Storm , Walt Whitman
  37. 37. Italian Music In Dakota , Walt Whitman
  38. 38. Song And Music , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  39. 39. There Is A Lady Sweet And Kind, Thomas F.. , Anonymous
  40. 40. Perplexed Music , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  41. 41. To The One Of Fictive Music , Wallace Stevens
  42. 42. Master Of Music , Henry Van Dyke
  43. 43. Storm-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  44. 44. Five For Country Music , Lisel Mueller
  45. 45. ! ! Impressionism In Paint, In Music, In.. , Michael Shepherd
  46. 46. Music , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  47. 47. Music: An Ode , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  48. 48. Sing -- Sing -- Music Was Given , Thomas Moore
  49. 49. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  50. 50. Music To Me Is Like Days , Les Murray
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