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Visitor’s Voices of Central Catholic 2013


Toledo Museum of Art
The Peristyle
Victoria Reamer

Phylax

Nearly 80 years in my glory I sit,
the classic Phylax,
the final authority
on true excellence.
Ancient and modern,
and approaching acoustic perfection,
have you yet beheld
one such as I?
Even now, every note of my hall reverberates:
recounting the past,
anticipating what is to come.
Countless musicians
have held this stage,
enraptured this theatre.
Well-known and unknown
are one and the same in my eyes:
open-air to all.
I was born in a most trying time,
yet here I still stand guard
until the end of my days.