How can I analyze the following stanza from "Piano" by D.H. Lawrence?

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song

Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

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The speaker states in the first line of this quatrain that even though he does not want to be ("in spite of myself"), he is drawn back to a memory of his childhood by the music he hears. He metaphorically calls the music "insidious mastery," which suggests a treacherous craftiness. The music is so good that it overwhelms him and takes him back to a memory that he does not necessarily wish to recall. "Insidious" connects to "betrays" in the second line. It is as if the dulcet sounds he hears force him to expose his true feelings, even though he does not want to. The music is so masterfully conveyed or the song so beautifully and powerfully sung that he has no choice but to give in and unintentionally reveal what he feels.

He is emotionally overwhelmed and experiences a deep longing for a time past. The speaker specifically states that he is carried back to "old Sunday evenings at home" during winter when they all sat in the comfortable parlor singing hymns with the piano as instrumental...

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