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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Unnamed Lake
By Frederick George Scott (1861–1944)
 
IT sleeps among the thousand hills
  Where no man ever trod,
And only nature’s music fills
  The silences of God.
 
Great mountains tower above its shore,        5
  Green rushes fringe its brim,
And o’er its breast for evermore
  The wanton breezes skim.
 
Dark clouds that intercept the sun
  Go there in Spring to weep.        10
And there, when Autumn days are done,
  White mists lie down to sleep.
 
Sunrise and sunset crown with gold
  The peaks of ageless stone,
Where winds have thundered from of old        15
  And storms have set their throne.
 
No echoes of the world afar
  Disturb it night or day,
But sun and shadow, moon and star,
  Pass and repass for ay.        20
 
’Twas in the grey of early dawn
  When first the lake we spied,
And fragments of a cloud were drawn
  Half down the mountain side.
 
Along the shore a heron flew,        25
  And from a speck on high,
That hovered in the deepening blue,
  We heard the fish-hawk’s cry.
 
Among the cloud-capt solitudes
  No sound the silence broke,        30
Save when, in whispers down the woods,
  The guardian mountains spoke.
 
Through tangled brush and dewy brake,
  Returning whence we came,
We passed in silence, and the lake        35
  We left without a name.
 
 
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