CANADIAN BALLADS,

AND

OCCASIONAL VERSES.

By Thomas D’Arcy McGee


 

MARY’S HEART.



I.
 


I know one spot where springs a tide
       Of feeling pure as ever ran,
Man’s path of destiny beside,
       To bless and soothe the heart of man.
By night and noon, be’t dark or bright,

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       That fountain plays its blessed part;
And heaven looks happy at the sight
       Of Mary’s heart! of Mary’s heart!


II.
 


There’s wealth they say in foreign climes,
       And fame for those who dare aspire,

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And who that does not sigh betimes,
       For something better, nobler, higher!
But here is all—a golden mine,
       A sea unsailed, a tempting chart;
These, all these may be, nay, are mine—

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       The wide, warm world of Mary’s heart! [Page 73]


III.
 


Blow as ye will, ye winds of fate,
       And let Life’s trials blackly lower;
I know the Garden and the Gate,
       Ye cannot strip my roseate bower.

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That safe retreat I still can keep,
       Despite of envy’s venom’d dart;
Despite of all life’s storm, can sleep
       Securely lodged in Mary’s heart! [Page 74]