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Better than Music! For I who heard it

Better than Music! For I who heard it
I was used to the Birds before
This was different ‘Twas Translation
Of all tunes I knew and more

‘Twasn’t contained like other stanza
No one could play it the second time
But the Composer perfect Mozart
Perish with him that Keyless Rhyme!

So Children told how Brooks in Eden
Bubbled a better Melody
Quaintly infer Eve’s great surrender
Urging the feet that would not fly

Children matured are wiser mostly
Eden a legend dimly told
Eve and the Anguish Grandame’s story
But I was telling a tune I heard

Not such a strain the Church baptizes
When the last Saint goes up the Aisles
Not such a stanza splits the silence
When the Redemption strikes her Bells

Let me not spill its smallest cadence
Humming for promise when alone
Humming until my faint Rehearsal
Drop into tune around the Throne


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Poem Better than Music! For I who heard it - Emily Dickinson