Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

XCVII


 

How unutterably lonely 
Is the vast grey round of sea, 
Till the yellow flower of heaven 
Breaks and blossoms and gets free, 
Lighting up the lilac spaces 
5

With her golden density! 
Hope of sailors and of lovers, 
Swings the lantern of the sea.

Not the moon it was that lighted
One grey waste of heart I know,

10
Warmed with loving, touched with magic,
And made molten and aglow,
When your beauty flowered above it
From a twilight soft and slow.
Dearest face that still must beacon
15
Where your lover still must go!