A vision as of crowded city streets, With human life in endless overflow; Thunder of thoroughfares; trumpets that blow To battle; clamor, in obscure retreats, Of sailors landed from their anchored fleets; Tolling of bells in turrets, and below Voices of children, and bright flowers that throw O'er garden-walls their intermingled sweets! This vision comes to me when I unfold The volume of the Poet paramount, Whom all the Muses loved, not one alone;-- Into his hands they put the lyre of gold, And, crowned with sacred laurel at their fount, Placed him as Musagetes on their throne.
- by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882), "Shakespeare", appears in Masque of Pandora and Other Poems, in A Book of Sonnets, first published 1875 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Shakespeare", 2015 [ bass and piano ], from The Poets -- 5 songs for Bass and Piano, no. 3 [sung text checked 1 time]
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