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Chamber Music

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Author: James Joyce
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,917 / 16 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,946 4047
Genres: Poetry, Audiobook

eeper blue,
The lamp fills with a pale green glow
The trees of the avenue.

The old piano plays an air,
Sedate and slow and gay;
She bends upon the yellow keys,
Her head inclines this way.

Shy thought and grave wide eyes and hands
That wander as they list -- -
The twilight turns to darker blue
With lights of amethyst.


At that hour when all things have repose,
O lonely watcher of the skies,
Do you hear the night wind and the sighs
Of harps playing unto Love to unclose
The pale gates of sunrise?

When all things repose, do you alone
Awake to hear the sweet harps play
To Love before him on his way,
And the night wind answering in antiphon
Till night is overgone?

Play on, invisible harps, unto Love,
Whose way in heaven is aglow
At that hour when soft lights come and go,
Soft sweet music in the air above
And in the earth below.


When the shy star goes forth in heaven

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 2 reviews: **

Joyce was a good writer and all, but his poetry was awful.


The last few stanzas are the best in this writing
Truly a good read but still leaves a empty feeling to me

Does that sort of rhyme? Anyway, read it!



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