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Poem by Edwin Arnold
If sound or strain in any lay of mine Not all unwelcome or unworthy be- If any pleasant measure lead the line, And make faint echo of fair melody; That sound and strain is dedicate to thee, And thine the measure; for that thou of all Unto my first and faltering minstrelsy Didst lend most gracious ear; if it befall, As well it may, tht all too low and long The harp-string ringeth now, take thou no shame That so I link thy merit with my song, Thou courteous Lady! for a noble name, Not the less sheweth beautiful and bright, Though pale the star that gives its letters light.
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