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Poem by Edwin Arnold


Dedicatory Sonnet


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. 



Edwin Arnold


Edwin Arnold's other poems:
  1. The Division of Poland
  2. The Rhine and The Moselle
  3. With a Bracelet in the Form of a Snake
  4. The Alchemist
  5. Hagar in the Wilderness


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