James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

July 26

Parsifal—at Baireuth

By Irving Browne (1835–1899)

  • Richard Wagner’s opera, Parsifal, was first performed at Bayreuth, July 26, 1882.

  • OH solemn harmonies that sound

    When worldly light and pleasure fail,

    And magic radiance all around

    Glows through the Holy Grail!

    Come, lover of a vanished friend!

    Uplifted on these strains divine,

    Feel love and mercy without end

    In pitying Christ that shine!

    Oh Man of Sorrows! cure his grief,

    And let the world’s repining small

    Within thy bosom find relief,

    Thou sorrower for all!

    Forgetful of the world’s unrest,

    Each troubled heart in reverence bends,

    And for one fleeting moment blest

    The Holy Dove descends.