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ALONG THE SHORE

BY ROSE HAWTHORNE LATHROP

To G. P. L.

We see the sky,--we love it day by day; We feel the wind of Spring, from blossoms winging; We meet with souls tender as tints in May: For these large ecstasies what are we bringing?

There is no price, best friend, for greatest meed. Laid on the altar of our true affection, Wild flowers of love for me must intercede: And lo! I win your unexcelled protection.

CONTENTS

Inlet And Shore Impersonality A Protean Glimpse Power Against Power Life's Priestess Love Now One And One The Violin Gertrude Unity In Space The Shell And The Word The Clock-Tower Bell Ours To Endure Broken Waves Why Sad To-Day? The Ghosts Of Revellers Life's Burying-Ground Beyond Utterance The Suicide For Others Zest The Unperfected God-Made A Song Before Grief Pride: Fate Francie Lost Reality Closing Chords Grace Endless Resource The Baby A Waltz First Bloom Of Love A Wooing Song Dorothy Morning Song Looking Backward Unloved The Clock's Song Broken-Hearted The Cynic's Fealty The Girls We Might Have Wed "Neither!" Used Up A Youth's Suicide Twenty Bold Mariners In The Artillery The Lost Battle The Outgoing Race Hidden History A Ballad Of The Mist The Dreaming Wheel The Roads That Meet A PASSING VOICE

ALONG THE SHORE.

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INLET AND SHORE.

Here is a world of changing glow, Where moods roll swiftly far and wide; Waves sadder than a funeral's pride, Or bluer than the harebell's blow!

The sunlight makes the black hulls cast A firefly radiance down the deep; The inlet gleams, the long clouds sweep, The sails flit up, the sails drop past.

The far sea-line is hushed and still; The nearer sea has life and voice; Each soul may take his fondest choice,-- The silence, or the restless thrill.

O little children of the deep,-- The single sails, the bright, full sails, Gold in the sun, dark when it fails, Now you are smiling, then you weep!

O blue of heaven, and bluer sea, And green of wave, and gold of sky, And white of sand that stretches by, Toward east and west, away from me!

O shell-strewn shore, that silent hears The legend of the mighty main, And tells to none the lore again,-- We catch one utterance only: "Years!"

IMPERSONALITY

I dreamed within a dream the sun was gold; And as I walked beneath this golden sun, The world was like a mighty play-room old, Made for our pleasure since it was begun.

But when I waked I found the sun was air, The world was air, and all things only seemed, Except the thoughts we grow by; for in prayer We change to spirits such as God has dreamed.

A PROTEAN GLIMPSE.

Time and I pass to and fro, Hardly greeting as we go,-- Go askant, like crossing wings Of sea-gulls where the brave sea sings.

Time, the messenger of Fate! Cunning master of debate, Cunning soother of all sorrow, Ruthless robber of to-morrow; Tyrant to our dallying feet, Though patron of a life complete; Like Puck upon a rosy cloud, He rides to distance while we woo him,-- Like pale Remorse wrapped in a shroud, He brings the world in sackcloth to him! O dimly seen, and often met As shadowings of a wild regret! O king of us, yet feebly served; Dispenser of the dooms reserved; So silent at the folly done, So deadly when our respite's gone!-- As sea-gulls, slanting, cross at sea, So cross our rapid flights with thee.

POWER AGAINST POWER. [Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1864.]

Where spells were wrought he sat alone, The wizard touching minds of men Through far-swung avenues of power, And proudly held the magic pen.

By the dark wall a white Shape gleams, By morning's light a Shadow falls! Is it a servant of his brain, Or Power that to his power calls?

By morning's light the Shadow looms, And watches with relentless eyes; In night-gloom holds the glimmering lamp, While the pen ever slower flies.

By the dark wall it beckons still, By evening light it darkly stays; The wizard looks, and his great life Thrills with the sense of finished days.


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