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On January 29, 2018
The Meeting Of The Waters
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"The Meeting Of The Waters:Thomas Moore, 1808, from Irish Melodies, vol. 1
1. There is not in the wide world a valley so sweetAs that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet;**Oh! the last rays of feeling and life must depart,Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.
2. Yet it was not that nature had shed o'er the sceneHer purest of crystal and brightest of green;'Twas not her soft magic of streamlet or hill,Oh! no, -- it was something more exquisite still.
3. 'Twas that friends, the beloved of my bosom, were near,Who made every dear scene of enchantment more dear,And who felt how the best charms of nature improve,When we see them reflected from looks that we love.
4. Sweet vale of Avoca! how calm could I restIn thy bosom of shade, with the friends I love best,Where the storms that we feel in this cold world should cease,And our hearts, like thy waters, be mingled in peace.
From the footnotes of Irish Melodies:* "The Meeting of the Waters" forms a part of that beautiful scenery which lies between Rathdrum and Arklow, in the country of Wicklow, and these lines were suggested by a visit to this romantic spot, in the summer of the year 1807.
** The rivers Avon and Avoca.
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