Waif of that elder world of space and glamour
Outcast within this other world’s confine,
You fashioned from its chaos and its clamour
Your world of wonder, leaving it to shine
Pale radiance on the world, and to draw near it
Those whose wild laughter, muted to a smile
Wan-broken, wakes to tears when you beguile
With your immortal waywardness their spirit.
Singer of numb despair and mad release,
Always the sun throbs through your melancholy,
Always the rain sobs through your gayest folly-
You who knew never peace bring always peace.
And solace always to my bleakest mood
And benediction on my solitude.
This sonnet to Chopin appears in Portraits and People and was composed by Albert Bloch
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