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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Boat Song
By John Aylmer Dorgan (1836–1867)
 
A SONG of joy! A song of bliss!
A song for such an hour as this!
The twilight hour! when winds are low,
And western skies are all aglow,
And like a dream beneath our keel        5
The silent waters lapse and steal—
The silent waters flow.
 
A song of joy! A song of bliss!
A song for such an hour as this!
The twilight hour! when shines above        10
The tender, tremulous star of love,
And like a dream around our prow
The silent shadows melt and flow—
The silent shadows move.
 
A song of joy! A song of bliss!        15
A song for such an hour as this!
The twilight hour! Oh! night of June,
Haste onward to thy perfect noon;
Till, like a dream the darkness fled,
The silent moon be overhead—        20
The silent, silver moon.
 
 
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