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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1345. The Violin’s Complaint
 
By William Roscoe Thayer (“Paul Hermes”)
 
 
HONEST Stradivari made men:
With the gift of love he blest me;
Once, delight, a master played me,
Love awoke when he caressed me!
 
Oh the deep, ecstatic burning!        5
Oh the secrets low and tender!
Oh the passion and the yearning
At our love’s complete surrender!
 
Heartless men, so long to hide me
With the costly toys you cherish;        10
I ’m a soul—again confide me
To a lover, ere I perish!
 

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