Thou hast marked the lonely river,
On whose waveless bosom lay
Some deep mountain-shadow ever,
Dark’ning e’en the ripples’ play–
Didst thou deem it had no murmur
Of soft music, though unheard?
Deem that, ‘neath the quiet surface,
The calm waters never stirred?
Thou hast marked the pensive forest,
Where the moonbeams slept by night,
While the elm and drooping willow
Sorrowed in the misty light–
Didst thou think those depths so silent
Held no fount of tender song
That awoke to hallowed utt’rance
As the hushed hours swept along?
So, the heart hath much of music,
Deep within its fountains lone,
Very passionate and tender,
Never shaped to human tone!
Dream not that its depths are silent,
Though thou ne’er hast stooped to hear;
Haply, even thence some music
Floats to the All-Hearing ear!