“The Barrel-Organ” by Alfred Noyes

Closing stanzas: “…And there, as the music changes,                   The song runs round again.              Once more it turns and ranges                   Through all its joy and pain,              Dissects the common carnival                   Of passions and regrets;              And the wheeling world remembers all                   The wheeling song forgets./              Once more La Traviata sighs                   Another sadder song: […]

Closing stanzas:

“…And there, as the music changes,

                  The song runs round again.

             Once more it turns and ranges

                  Through all its joy and pain,

             Dissects the common carnival

                  Of passions and regrets;

             And the wheeling world remembers all

                  The wheeling song forgets./

             Once more La Traviata sighs

                  Another sadder song:

             Once more II Trovatore cries

                  A tale of deeper wrong;

             Once more the knights to battle go

                  With sword and shield and lance      

             Till once, once more, the shattered foe

                  Has whirled into—a dance!/

Come down to Kew in lilac-time, in lilac-time, in lilac time;

    Come down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn’t far from London!)

And you shall wander hand in hand with love in summer’s wonderland;

    Come down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn’t far from London!)”

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