Fur Elise, a composition for piano,is and always will be to me,
A piece of transcendent, incalculable, inestimable beauty.
Yet it was composed by someone losing his hearing,
Who, as a consequence, was never permitted to fully appreciate
The artistic immensity, ethereal majesty and awesome symmetry
He had brought into being.
So I dare not flinch from grappling with
The ultimate paradox and consummate irony of human existence,
I must from somewhere garner the will and spiritual resiliency
WILLIAM E. VIRTUE
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