Selected Poems

by Frederick George Scott


 

THE SEA


 

O sea, thy voices spoke to me in childhood,
    Wild and uncanny were the things they said,
When I have watched thy proud waves in the sunshine
    Roll out along the beaches, white and dead.

They told me of the glory of blue stretches

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    Where wind and waves made music none might hear,
The mystery of ships and strange sea-monsters
    And unknown lands across the hemisphere.

Now I have come to know a wider ocean—
    Mysterious life and dreams and human pain;
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While I and all things drift upon its bosom
    To some dim shore whence no man comes again.
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