Excerpt from The Fancies of a Dreamer
There is a voice ﬂoats on the evening breeze, It mingles with the gushing of the fountain; 't is heard in soothing whispers 'mong the trees, It Speaks from every cloud that tops the mountain; Earth, sea, and sky, alike its presence own, So grand] y full - so softly sweet its tone! And I have heard that voice - and felt the spell Through every nerve with force resistless stealing, As those celestial accords rose and fell, Like the Eolian's wildly-breathing swell, Searching the hidden depths of human feeling! Yea, I have heard it; in my Childhood's days, By every rock, and stream, and tree, it sounded; When I look'd upwards, nothing met my gaze, Save the sweet scenes by which I was surrounded; And much I ponder'd what that voice could be Which thrilled my soul like Fairy Minstrelsy! But when in after years I touch'd the lyre.
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