What woke the buried sound that lay In Memnon's harp of yore ? What spirit on its viewless way Along the Nile's green shore ? -- Oh ! not the night, and not the storm, And not the lightning's fire ; But sunlight's touch -- the kind -- the warm -- This woke the mystic lyre! This, this, awoke the lyre! What wins the heart's deep chords to pour Their music forth on life Like a sweet voice prevailing o'er The sounds of torrent strife ? -- Oh! not the conflict midst the throng, Not e'en the triumph's hour ; -- Love is the gifted and the strong, To wake that music's power! His breath awakes that power!
- by Felicia Dorothea (Browne) Hemans (1793 - 1835), "Song" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) , "Lied" ; composed by Friedrich Gernsheim.
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