This is the forest primeval. The
murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the
Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
Loud from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring ocean
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the
This is the forest primeval; but where are the hearts that
Leaped like the roe, when he hears in the woodland the voice of
Where is the thatch-roofed village, the home of Acadian farmers--
Men whose lives glided on like rivers that water the woodlands,
Darkened by shadows of earth, but reflecting an image of heaven?
Waste are those pleasant farms, and the farmers forever
Scattered like dust and leaves, when the mighty blasts of
Seize them, and whirl them aloft, and sprinkle them far o'er the
Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful village of Grand-Pré.
Ye who believe in affection that hopes, and endures, and is
Ye who believe in the beauty and strength of woman's devotion,
List to the mournful tradition still sung by the pines of the
List to a Tale of Love in Acadie, home of the happy.