In Divers Tones

by Charles G.D. Roberts

Edited by Tracy Ware


 

SALT


 

O breath of wind and sea,
   Bitter and clear,
Now my faint soul springs free,
   Blown clean from fear!

O hard sweet strife, O sting

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   Of buffeting salt!
Doubt and despair take wing,
   Failure, and fault.

I dread not wrath or wrong,—
   Smile, and am free;

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Strong while the winds are strong,
   The rocks, the sea.

Heart of my heart, tho’ life
   Front us with storm,
Love will outlast the strife,

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   More pure, more warm.