Thomas Moore

May 28, 1780 - Feb 26, 1852


Silence Is In Our Festal Halls

by Thomas Moore

Silence is in our festal halls, --
Sweet Son of Song! thy course is o'er;
In vain on thee sad Erin calls,
Her minstrel's voice responds no more;
All silent as th' Æolian shell
Sleeps at the close of some bright day,
When the sweet breeze, that waked its swell
At sunny morn, hath died away.

Yet, at our feasts thy spirit long,
Awaked by music's spell shall rise;
For, name so link'd with deathless song
Partakes its charms and never dies:
And ev'n within the holy fane,
When music wafts the soul to heaven,
One thought to him, whose earliest strain
Was echoed there, shall long be given.

But where is now the cheerful day,
The social night, when, by thy side,
He, who now weaves this parting lay,
His skilless voice with thine allied;
And sung those songs whose every tone,
When bard and minstrel long have past,
Shall still, in sweetness all their own,
Embalm'd by fame, undying last.

Yes, Erin, thine alone the fame, --
Or, if thy bard have shared the crown,
From thee the borrow'd glory came,
And at thy feet is now laid down.
Enough, if Freedom still inspire
His latest song, and still there be,
As evening closes round his lyre,
One ray upon its chords from thee.

Notes to the poem:

It is hardly necessary wrote Moore in a footnote to this song, To inform the reader that these lines are meant as a tribute of sincere friendship to the memory of an old and valued colleague in this work, Sir John Stevenson. The lyric may be presumed to have a wider significance than the poet assigns to it, for it is the last of the Irish Melodies. --Editor


The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.
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