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First Line: Silent and dark is the source of yon river
Last Line: The beauty and glory of sunshine and fame.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia


Silent and dark is the source of yon river,
Whose birth-place we know not, and seek not to know,
Though mild as the flight of the shaft from yon quiver,
Is the course of its waves as in music they flow.

Oh, my heart, and my song, which is as my heart's flowing,
Read thy fate in yon river, for such is thine own!
'Mid those the chief praise on thy music bestowing,
Who cares for the lips from whence issue the tone?

Dark as its birth-place, so dark is my spirit,
Whence yet the sweet waters of melody come:
'Tis the long after-course, not the source, will inherit
The beauty and glory of sunshine and fame.





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