Thursday, 9 December 2010

"A Lost Chord" by Adelaide A. Proctor

I came across this little poem in my search for something to post that my visitors might enjoy.  The poet is Adelaide A. Proctor who wrote one of my favorite poems entitled "In the Wood."  Perhaps I will post that poem soon as well.

~A Lost Chord~

Seated one day at the Organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys.

I do not know what I was playing, 
Or what I was dreaming then;
But I struck one chord of music,
Like the sound of a great Amen.

It flooded the crimson twilight,
Like the close of an Angel's Psalm,
And it lay on my fevered spirit
With a touch of infinite calm.

It quieted pain and sorrow,
Like love overcoming strife;
It seemed the harmonious echo
From our discordant life.

It linked all perplexed meanings
Into one perfect peace,
And trembled away into silence
As if it were loth to cease.

I have sought, but I seek it vainly, 
That one lost chord divine,
Which came from the soul of the Organ,
And entered into mine.

It may be that Death's bright angel
Will speak in that chord again,
It may be that only in Heaven
I shall hear that grand Amen.

~Adelaide A. Proctor~ 

When I came across this poem, I was struck by the simplicity, but also the beauty of it.  It is a poem that speaks to the soul, and is not pretentious in any way.  There are no big words, or grand meanings.  Just the absolute simplicity of a woman who one day sat down at an organ and let her soul speak through the music and the keys.


  1. Hello Anna,

    You have a beautiful blog and I enjoy your posts very much. It is delightful to see your insight to the lovely words you write here.

    I hope you enjoy today, you have brightened mine!

    Take Care,
    Sherri Ann

  2. This is such a tranquil blog, love it!

    Hi, I'm a new follower, found you the Wednesday Blog Hop, please feel free sometime to stop by my blog, thank you and have a great week!

  3. Thank you so much for the compliments. I truly appreciate your words of kindness.




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