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And all we shrink from now may seem

No new revealing,
The sunlight glitters keen and bright,

Familiar as our childhood's stream,
Where, miles away,

Or pleasant memory of a dream,
Lies stretching to my dazzled sight

The loved and cherished Past upon the new life A luminous belt, a misty light,

stealing Beyond the dark pine bluffs and wastes of sandy gray.

Serene and mild, the untried light

May have its dawning;
The tremulous shadow of the sea !

And, as in summer's northern night
Against its ground

The evening and the dawn unite,

The sunset hues of Time blend with the soul's Of silvery light, rock, hill, and tree, Still as a picture, clear and free,

new morning. With varying outline mark the coast for miles

I sit alone; in foam and spray around.

Wave after wave

Breaks on the rocks which, stern and gray On - on — we tread with loose-flung rein

Shoulder the broken tide away,
Our seaward way,

Or murmurs hoarse and strong through mossy Through dark-green fields and blossoming

cleft and cave. grain, Where the wild brier-rose skirts the lane,

What heed I of the dusty land And bends above our heads the flowering locust

And noisy town? spray.

I see the mighty deep expand

From its white line of glimmering sand Ha! like a kind hand on my brow

To where the blue of heaven on bluer waves Comes this fresh breeze,

shuts down! Cooling its dull and feverish glow, While through my being seems to flow

In listless quietude of mind, The breath of a new life, – the healing of the

I yield to all seas!

The change of cloud and wave and wind;

And passive on the flood reclined,
Now rest we, where this


I wander with the waves, and with them rise
His feet hath set

and fall. In the great waters, which have bound

But look, thou dreamer ! wave and shore His granite ankles greenly round

In shadow lie; With long and tangled moss, and weeds with cool spray wet.

The night-wind warns me back once more

To where, my native hill-tops o'er, Good by to pain and care! I take

Bends like an arch of fire the glowing sunset Mine ease to-day;

sky! Here, where the sunny waters break,

So then, beach, bluff, and wave, farewell ! And ripples this keen breeze, I shake

I bear with me All burdens from the heart, all weary thoughts

No token stone nor glittering shell, away.

But long and oft shall Memory tell I draw a freer breath - I seem

Of this brief thoughtful hour of musing by the Like all I see —

JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER. Waves in the sun the white-winged gleam

Of sea-birds in the slanting beam And far-off sails which flit before the south-wind free.



So when Time's veil shall fall asunder,

The soul may know
No fearful change, nor sudden wonder,

Nor sink the weight of mystery under,
But with the upward rise, and with the vastness


WHEN descends on the Atlantic

The gigantic
Storm-wind of the equinox,
Landward in his wrath he scourges

The toiling surges,
Laden with sea-weed from the rocks :

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