Sidney Lanier
Sidney Lanier was an American
United States
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Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch , rhythm , dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture...

ian and poet
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Sidney Lanier was born February 3, 1842, in Macon
Macon, Georgia
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, Georgia
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, to parents Robert Sampson Lanier and Mary Jane Anderson; he was mostly of English ancestry. His distant French Huguenot ancestors immigrated to England
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 in the 16th century fleeing religious persecution. He began playing the flute
The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening...

 at an early age, and his love of that musical instrument
Musical instrument
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 continued throughout his life.

And yet shall Love himself be heard,Though long deferred, though long deferred:O'er the modern waste a dove hath whirred:Music is Love in search of a word.

"The Symphony" (1875).

Virginal shy lights,Wrought of the leaves to allure to the whisper of vows,When lovers pace timidly down through the green colonnadesOf the dim sweet woods, of the dear dark woods,Of the heavenly woods and glades,That run to the radiant marginal sand-beach withinThe wide sea-marshes of Glynn.

"The Marshes of Glynn|The Marshes of Glynn" (1878).

The sun is a-wait at the ponderous gate of the West.

"The Marshes of Glynn" (1878).

Ye marshes, how candid and simple and nothing-withholding and freeYe publish yourselves to the sky and offer yourselves to the sea!Tolerant plains, that suffer the sea and the rains and the sun,Ye spread and span like the catholic man who hath mightily wonGod out of knowledge and good out of infinite painAnd sight out of blindness and purity out of a stain.

"The Marshes of Glynn" (1878).

The incalculable Up-and-Down of Time.

"Clover", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).