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The Octave

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No whisper of a midnight distance,
Nor when a mother sang a tune —
We've never understood an instance,
Which's worth being better understood.
The symbol of the Father's greatness —
A kind of gracious advice —
To you, the Poet, is presented:
Your tongue is tied, your speech is high.

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