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Song of the Silent Land

(Lied: Ins Stille Land) 

INTO the Silent Land! 
Ah! who shall lead us thither? 
Clouds in the evening sky more darkly gather  
And shattered wrecks lie thicker on the strand.
Who leads us with a gentle hand 5 Thither oh thither Into the Silent Land? Into the Silent Land! To you ye boundless regions Of all perfection! Tender morning-visions 10 Of beauteous souls! The Future's pledge and band! Who in Life's battle firm doth stand Shall bear Hope's tender blossoms Into the Silent Land! O Land! O Land! 15 For all the broken-hearted The mildest herald by our fate allotted Beckons and with inverted torch doth stand To lead us with a gentle hand To the land of the great Departed 20 Into the Silent Land!

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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