Watch in high definition. Captions provided. The video was made to honor Stephanie Smith Albert, who worked as the NTID Diversity and Inclusion director.

The poem was inspired by Terrylene’s video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkgyFLkjzGk, translating Samuel Lover’s “The Four-Leaved Shamrock.” Special thanks to Reeba Brooks for filming and Marge Carrillo for giving feedback on ASL translation.

Image description: Eric Epstein, a white young man with short hair wearing a black jacket, is lying face-down on grass and yellow leaves. He is holding a four-leaf clover. The background has some evergreen trees and clouds.

Transcript: I am signing a poem inspired by Terrylene’s video. The poem is in honor of Stephanie Smith Albert, who recently passed away. During her work at NTID, she truly brought together the community. Special thanks to Reeba Brooks for filming and Marge Carrillo for giving feedback on ASL translation. Watch all the way to the end for a surprise. [Video transitions to the poem].

“The Four-Leaved Shamrock” by Samuel Lover

I’ll seek a four-leaved shamrock in all the fairy dells,
And if I find the charmed leaves, oh, how I’ll weave my spells!
I would not waste my magic might on diamond, pearl, or gold,
For treasure tires the weary sense,-such triumph is but cold;
But I would play th’ enchanter’s part, in casting bliss around,-
Oh! not a tear, nor aching heart, should in the world be found

To worth I would give honour!-I’d dry the mourner’s tears,
And to the pallid lip recall the smile of happier years,
And hearts that had been long estrang’d, and friends that had grown cold,
Should meet again-like parted streams-and mingle as of old.
Oh! thus I’d play th’ enchanter’s part, thus scatter bliss around,
And not a tear, nor aching heart, should in the world be found!

The heart that had been mourning o’er vanished dreams of love,
Should see them all returning-like Noah’s faithful dove,
And Hope should launch her blessed bark on Sorrow’s dark’ning sea,
And Mis’ry’s children have an ark, and saved from sinking be;
Oh! thus I’d play th’ enchanter’s part, thus scatter bliss around,
And not a tear, nor aching heart, should in the world be found!

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