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The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din

Of wings and winds and solitary cries,
Blinded and maddened by the light within,

Dashes himself against the glare, and dies.
A new Prometheus, chained upon the rock,

Still grasping in his hand the fire of Jove,
It does not hear the cry, nor heed the shock,

But hails the mariner with words of love.

“Sail on!" it says, "sail on, ye stately ships !

And with your floating bridge the ocean span; Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,

Be yours to bring man nearer unto man !

"

SIR HUMPHREY GILBERT.

SOUTHWARD with fleet of ice

Sailed the corsair Death;
Wild and fast blew the blast,

And the east-wind was his breath.
His lordly ships of ice

Glistened in the sun;
On each side, like pennons wide,

Flashing crystal streamlets run.
His sails of white sea-mist

Dripped with silver rain;
But where he passed there were cast

Leaden shadows o'er the main.

Eastward from Campobello

Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed ;
Three days or more seaward he bore,

Then, alas'! the land-wind failed.

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Alas! the land-wind failed,
And ice-cold

grew the night; And never more, on sea or shore,

Should Sir Humphrey see the light.

He sat upon the deck,

The Book was in his hand ; “Do not fear! Heaven is near,”

He said, “by water as by land!”

In the first watch of the night,

Without a signal's sound, Out of the sea, mysteriously,

The fleet of Death rose all around.

The moon and the evening star

Were hanging in the shrouds; Every mast, as it passed,

Seemed to rake the passing clouds.

They grappled with their prize,

At midnight black and cold! As of a rock was the shock;

Heavily the ground-swell rolled.

Southward through day and dark,

They drift in close embrace, With mist and rain o'er the open main;

Yet there seems no change of place.

Southward, for ever southward,

They drift through dark and day; And like a dream in the Gulf-stream

Sinking, vanish all away.

THE SECRET OF THE SEA.

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me

As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends,

All my dreams, come back to me.

Sails of silk and ropes of sendal,

Such as gleam in ancient lore; And the singing of the sailors,

And the answer from the shore !

Most of all, the Spanish ballad

Haunts me oft, and tarries long,
Of the noble Count Arnaldos

And the sailor's mystic song.
Like the long waves on a sea-beach,

Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft monotonous cadence,

Flow its unrhymed lyric lines ;Telling how the Count Arnaldos,

With his hawk upon his hand, Saw a fair and stately galley,

Steering onward to the land ;How he heard the ancient helmsman

Chant a song so wild and clear, That the sailing sea-bird slowly

Poised upon the mast to hear, Till his soul was full of longing,

And he cried with impulse strong, — “Helmsman! for the love of heaven,

Teach me, too, that wondrous song!" Wouldst thou," so the helmsman answered,

* Learn the secrets of the sea ? Only those who brave its dangers

Comprehend its mystery!"
In each sail that skims the horizon,

In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,

Hear those mournsul melodies;

Till my soul is full of longing

For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean

Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

THE EVENING STAR.

Just above yon sandy bar,

As the day grows fainter and dimmer, Lonely and lovely, a single star

Lights the air with a dusky glimmer. Into the ocean faint and far

Falls the trail of its golden splendour, And the gleam of that single star

Is ever refulgent, soft, and tender. Chrysaor, rising out of the sea,

Showed thus glorious and thus emulous, Leaving the arms of Callirrhoe,

For ever tender, soft, and tremulous. Thus o'er the ocean faint and far

Trailed the gleam of his falchion brightly, Is it a god, or is it a star,

That, entranced, I gaze on nightly?

By the fireside.

RESIGNATION.
THERE is no flock, however watched and tended,

But one dead lamb is there!
There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended,

But has one vacant chair!

The air is full of farewells to the dying,

And mournings for the dead;
The heart of Rachael, for her children crying,

Will not be comforted !

Let us be patient! These severe afflictions

Not from the ground arise,
But oftentimes celestial benedictions

Assume this dark disguise.

We see but dimly through the mists and vapours;

Amid these earthly damps,
What seem to us but sad, funereal tapers

May be heaven's distant lamps.

There is no death! What seems so is transition:

This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the Life elysian,

Whose portal we call Death.

She is not dead,—the child of our affection,

But gone unto that school Where she no longer needs our poor protection,

And Christ himself doth rule.

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