Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

XCVI


 

I saw you in the gloaming, love,
When all the fleets were homing, love,
And under the large level moon the long grey seas were combing, love.

I saw you tall and splendid, love,
And all my griefs were ended, love,

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When on me, as I put to land, your seaward eyes were bended, love.

The little boats were stranded, love,
And all their rich bales landed, love;
But all my wealth awaited me low-voiced and gentle-handed, love.