Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE UNHEARD, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: One in the musical throng
Last Line: The song in her heart!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Flowers; Music & Musicians; Roses; Singing & Singers; Violins
ONE in the musical throng
Stood forth with his violin;
And warm was his welcome, and long
The later applause and the din. --
He had uttered, with masterful skill,
A melody hailed of men;
And his own blood leapt a-thrill,
As they thundered again.
Another stood forth. -- And a rose
Bloomed in her hair -- likewise
One at her tremulous throat --
And a rapture bloomed in her eyes.
Tempests of cheers upon cheers,
Praises to last a life long;
Roses in showers of tears --
All for her song.
One sat apart and alone,
Her lips clasped close and straight,
Uttering never a tone
That the World might hear, elate --
Uttering never a low
Murmurous verse nor a part
Of the veriest song -- But O
The song in her heart!
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