Hope, the Hermit (Herbert A Chambers)
- Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2023-02-20). Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 72 kB Copyright: Public Domain
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First published: unknown, there is no date on the edition I have
Original text and translations
Once in a blithe greenwood
Lived a hermit wise and good
Whom the folks from far and near
For his counsel sought,
Knowing well that what he taught
The dreariest of hearts would cheer.
Though his hair was white
His eye was clear and bright,
And he thus was ever wont to say:
Though to care we are born,
Yet the dullest morn
Often heralds in the fairest day!"
"The very longest lane,
Has a turning, it is plain,
E'en the blackest of clouds will fly:
And what can't be cured
Must with patience be endured:
As cheaply can we laugh as cry."
And people gazed,
At words so deep amazed,
While the Sage went on to say:
Pray, is the hermit dead?
From the forest has he fled?
No, he lives to counsel all
Who an ear will lend
To their wisest, truest friend,
And Hope the Hermit's name they call.
Still he sits, I ween,
'Mid branches ever green,
And clearly you may hear him say: