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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Tell Me, Ye Winged Winds
 
Charles Mackay (1814–89)
 
 
    TELL me, ye winged winds,
      That round my pathway roar,
    Do ye not know some spot
      Where mortals weep no more?
    Some lone and pleasant dell,        5
      Some valley in the west,
    Where, free from toil and pain,
      The weary soul may rest?
The loud wind dwindled to a whisper low,
And sigh’d for pity as it answer’d, “No.”        10
 
    Tell me, thou mighty deep,
      Whose billows round me play,
    Knowst thou some favor’d spot,
      Some island far away,
    Where weary man may find        15
      The bliss for which he sighs,
    Where sorrow never lives,
      And friendship never dies?
The loud waves, rolling in perpetual flow,
Stopp’d for a while, and sigh’d to answer, “No.”        20
 
    And thou, serenest moon,
      That, with such lovely face,
    Dost look upon the earth
      Asleep in night’s embrace;
    Tell me, in all thy round        25
      Hast thou not seen some spot
    Where miserable man
      May find a happier lot?
Behind a cloud the moon withdrew in woe,
And a voice, sweet but sad, responded, “No.”        30
 
    Tell me, my secret soul,
      Oh! tell me, Hope and Faith,
    Is there no resting-place
      From sorrow, sin, and death?
    Is there no happy spot        35
      Where mortals may be blest,
    Where grief may find a balm,
      And weariness a rest?
Faith, Hope, and Love, best boons to mortals given,
Wav’d their bright wings, and whisper’d, “Yes, in heaven.”        40
 

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