The Faery Isle of Janjira

Fain would I dwell in your faery kingdom,

O faery queen of a flowering clime,

Where life glides by to a delicate measure,

With the glamour and grace of a far-off time.

Fain would I dwell where your wild doves wander,

Your palm-woods burgeon and sea-winds sing â?¦

Lulled by the rune of the rhythmic waters,

In your Island of Bliss it is always spring.

Yet must I go where the loud world beckons,

And the urgent drum-beat of destiny calls,

Far from your white dome's luminous slumber,

Far from the dream of your fortress walls,

Into the strife of the throng and the tumult,

The war of sweet Love against folly and wrong;

Where brave hearts carry the sword of battle,

'Tis mine to carry the banner of song,

The solace of faith to the lips that falter,

The succour of hope to the hands that fail,

The tidings of joy when Peace shall triumph,

When Truth shall conquer and Love prevail.

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