The Meeting of the Waters*
Thomas Moore, 1808, from Irish Melodies, vol. 1
|There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet|
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet;**
Oh! the last rays of feeling and life must depart,
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.
2. Yet it was not that nature had shed o'er the scene
3. 'Twas that friends, the beloved of my bosom, were near,
4. Sweet vale of Avoca! how calm could I rest
* "The Meeting of the Waters" forms a part of that beautiful scenery which lies between Rathdrum and Arklow, in the country of Wicklow, and these lines were suggested by a visit to this romantic spot, in the summer of the year 1807.
** The rivers Avon and Avoca.