Seranus, Later Poems and New Villanelles (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1928): 7-8.
2Between steep banks of slaty shale,
4'Tis a strange stream that meets their view,
5Among its rushes, starved and pale,
6Lost River hides--Rivière Perdue!
7To where it goes there seems no clue,
8It follows some mysterious trail
9Known but to Emile's sullen crew,
10And even they fail to pursue
12Lost River hides--Rivière Perdue,
13Perchance a secret shared by few,
14Some sorry deed--so runs the tale--
15Known but to Emile's sullen crew.
16Thus comes it, silence fills the blue,
17No song is heard, no friendly hail.
18Lost River hides--Rivière Perdue!
19Known but to Emile's sullen crew.
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