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Fr. Sekanina (b. 1875).

 

PRELUDE

 

Dost thou know what it was?—'Twas the kiss that Love shed.
Thou wouldst say: 'Twas the sunshine that to us came streaming.
Lo, the lilies and daisies their blossoms have spread
And the bounteous gleaming!


But I say: 'Twas the kiss that Love did bestow.
A minstrel from Heaven on pinions came straying
To the shrine of the soul, o'er the keys he bent low,
And at a High Mass he the Kyrie is playing.


This sunlight unceasing is shining forth clear;
From their gold-bedecked buds the lilies unfold;
The priest in white garb to the altar draws near,
And the fragrance of incense is steeped in the gold..

 

"Lyric Intermezzo" (1901).

 
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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1958, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
Translation:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1970, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.