by George Ashdown Audsley
The Organ – grandest instrument the hand
Of man has placed in Music’s galaxy:
In which all Nature’s wondrous sounds are linked
In golden chains of countless harmonies.
Responsive to the touch of man’s weak hands
As if a giant’s fingers swept its keys
And called concordant voices from the depths,
The diapason of the storm-struck sea,
The thunder’s peal, the wind’s wild whistling wail,
The songs of swift-winged warblers in the air,
And the soft sighing of the ambient breeze.
Temple of Tone art thou! The shrine supreme
Of Sound’s mysterious powers and richest gifts.
God-given thought alone could have inspired
The human mind to frame so grand a work;
Great Organ – Monarch of all Instruments!
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