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Flutistís Guide to Research and Repertoire

Created by Elisabeth La Foret, Masters student in flute performance, Fall 2005.
Updated by Maranda Reilly, Spring 2010
Research Resources: Scores, Recordings, Books, Journals Databases, Web sites.



“WHEN FROM THE TENSE CHORDS OF THAT MIGHTY LYRE.”

I
WHEN from the tense chords of that mighty lyre
The Master’s hand, relaxing, falls away,
And those rich strings are silent for all time,
Then shall Love pine, and Passion lack her fire,
And Faith seem voiceless. Man to man shall say,
“Dead is the last of England’s Lords of Rhyme.”
II
Yet — stay! there’s one, a later-laureled brow,
With purple blood of poets in his veins;
Him has the Muse claimed; him might Marlowe own;
Greek Sappho’s son!—men’s praises seek him now.
Happy the realm where one such voice remains!
His the dropt wreath and the unenvied throne.
III
The wreath the world gives, not the mimic wreath
That chance might make the gift of king or queen.
0finder of undreamed-of harmonies!
Since Shelley’s lips were hushed by envious Death,
What lyric voice so sweet as this has been
Blown to us on the winds from over seas?

Thomas Bailey Aldrich [1836–1907]