Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman




I loved you when the tide of prayer
Swept over you, and kneeling there 
In the pale summer of the stars, 
You laid your cheek to mine.

I loved you when the auroral fire,


Like the world's veriest desire, 
Burned up, and as it touched the sea, 
You laid your limbs to mine.

I loved you when you stood tiptoe 
To say farewell, and let me go


Into the night from your laced arms, 
And laid your mouth to mine.

And I shall love you on that day 
The wind comes over the sea to say 
Your golden name upon men's mouths,

And mix your dust with mine.