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First Line: Troop home to silent grots and caves
Last Line: But we have none! But we have none!
Variant Title(s): Chorus Of Sirens;siren Chorus;the Mermaidens' Versper-hymn
Subject(s): Mourning; Seals (animals); Silence; Solitude; Bereavement; Loneliness

Troop home to silent grots and caves,
Troop home! and mimic as you go
The mournful winding of the waves
Which to their dark abysses flow.

At this sweet hour, all things beside
In amorous pairs to covert creep;
The swans that brush the evening tide
Homeward in snowy couples keep.

In his green den the murmuring seal
Close by his sleek companion lies;
While singly we to bedward steal,
And close in fruitless sleep our eyes.

In bowers of love men take their rest,
In loveless bowers we sigh alone,
With bosom-friends are others blest,—
But we have none! but we have none!

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