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What are the Wild Waves Saying?

PAUL.

WHAT are the wild waves saying,
Sister, the whole day long?
That ever amid our playing,
I hear but their low, lone song:
Not by the sea-side only —
There it sounds loud and free —
But at night when 'tis dark and lonely,
In dreams it is still with me.

FLORENCE.

Brother, I hear no singing!
'Tis but the rolling wave,
Ever its lone course winging
Over some ocean cave;
'Tis but the noise of water
Dashing against the shore,
And the wind from some bleaker quarter
Mingling with it roar.

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BOTH.

No, no! it is something greater,
That speaks to the heart alone;
The voice of the great Creator
Dwells in that mighty tone!

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