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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1891. Excerpt: ... "THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE DANUBE.' With " Blue Danube
Waltz " as musical accompaniment. HEY drift down the hall together,
He smiles in her lifted eyes; Like waves of that mighty river, The
strains of the "Danube " rise. They float on its rhythmic measure,
Like leaves on a summer stream; And here, in this scene of
pleasure, I bury my sweet, dead dream. Through the cloud of her
dusky tresses, Like a star shines out her face; And the form his
strong arm presses, Is sylph-like in its grace. As a leaf on the
bounding river Is lost on the seething sea, I know that forever and
ever My dream is lost to me. And still the viols are playing That
grand old wordless rhyme; And still those two are swaying In
perfect tune and time. If the great bassoons that mutter, If the
clarionets that blow, Were given a voice to utter The secret things
they know, Would the lists of the slain who slumber On the Danube's
battle-plains The unknown hosts outnumber Who die, 'neath the
"Danube's " strains? Those fall where cannons rattle, 'Mid the rain
of shot and shell; But these, in a fiercer battle, Find death in
the music's swell. With the river's roar of passion Is blended the
dying groan; But here, in the halls of fashion, Hearts break and
make no moan. And the music, swelling and sweeping. Like the river,
knows it all; But none are counting or keeping The lists of those
who fall. THE BIRTH OF THE OPAL. HE Sunbeam loved the Moonbeam, And
followed her low and high; But the Moonbeam fled and hid her
head--She was so shy, so shy. The Sunbeam wooed with passion, Ah he
was a lover bold; And his heart was afire with mad desire For the
Moonbeam, pale and cold. She fled like a dream before him, Her hair
was a shining sheen; And, oh, that Fate would annihilate The space
that lay between Just as ...
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