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    #1

    spell-bound

    I could not got the red parts below.
    1) His purpose plain = his plain purpose is what?
    2) empty faces pale? why using "faces", not 'face'?
    3) my towers =?
    4) Spell-bound= charm-bound?

    ON HEARING A SYMPHONY OF BEETHOVEN

    Sweet sounds, oh, beautiful music, do not cease!
    Reject me not into the world again.
    With you alone is excellence and peace,
    Mankind made plausible, his purpose plain.
    Enchanted in your air benign and shrewd,
    With limbs a-sprawl and empty faces pale,
    The spiteful and the stingy and the rude
    Sleep like the scullions in the fairy-tale.
    This moment is the best the world can give:
    The tranquil blossom on the tortured stem.
    Reject me not, sweet sounds; oh, let me live,
    Till Doom espy my towers and scatter them,
    A city spell-bound under the aging sun.
    Music my rampart, and my only one.
    EStVM

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    #2

    Re: spell-bound

    Poetry again.


    1) His purpose plain = Mankind's real purpose in life is made plain through music-- presumably a noble purpose: the creation of Beauty.

    2) empty faces pale-- the spiteful, the stingy and the rude: that's at least three faces, hence the plural.

    3) my towers = the things (physical and intellectual) that I have built during my lifetime.

    4) Spell-bound= (this is an abstruse one, NH) perhaps: let me (the city) live entranced by music (until Doomsday).

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    #3

    Interesting!

    I have to learn some poetries so that in future I will not be stuck by poem lines when reading original English works.

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