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The River
Words anonymous.
Published jointly by Routledge and Novello, 1875.



In 1875 George Routledge and Sons, in association with Novello, published The Sunlight of Song, described as "a collection of sacred and moral poems with original music by the most eminent composers, profusely illustrated with engravings by the Brothers Dalziel from the designs of our best artists." Sullivan contributed two songs: this one and We've Ploughed our Land.


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Quasi Recit.

O tell me pretty river!
Whence do thy waters flow?
And whither art thou roaming,
So pensive and so slow?

Song

"My birth-place was the mountain,
My nurse the April show'rs;
My cradle was a fountain,
O'er curtained by wild flow'rs.

One morn I ran away,
A madcap, hoyden rill -
And many a prank that day
I'd play'd a down the hill!
And many a prank that day
I'd play'd a down the hill!

And then mid meadowy banks
I flirted with the flow'rs,
That stooped with glowing lips,
To woo me to their bow'rs.

Original illustration from "The Sunlight of Song" by E. G. Dalziel.
River

But these bright scenes are o'er,
And darkly flows my wave,
I hear the ocean's roar,
And there must be my grave

But these bright scenes are o'er,
And darkly flows my wave,
I hear the ocean's roar,
And there must be my grave."

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