Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

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My love said, "What is the sea?" 
I said, "The unmeasured sea 
Is my heart, sweetheart, 
That is stormy or still 
With its great wild will,
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Glorying, stainless and free, 
Or sad with a sorrow beyond man's speech to impart, 
But for ever calling to thee,
Heart of my heart."

My love said, "What is the tide?"

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I said, "The unshackled tide
Is my love, sweetheart,
The draft and sweep
Of the restless deep,
Made clean as the stars and wide,
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That forever must yearn to the land above and apart,
Till the day when she sinks to his side,
Heart of my heart."

My love said, "What is the land?" 
I said, "The Summer land 

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Is thy face, sweetheart, 
Dreamy and warm and glad, 
In a benediction clad, 
With sunshine sweetened and tanned; 
And there is the set of the tide, the end and the start, 
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The sea's despair and demand, 
Heart of my heart!"