Along the Shore

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: UNITY IN SPACE. me away into a storm of snow So white and soft, I feel no deathly chill, But listen to the murmuring overflow Of clouds that fall in many a frosty rill! Take me away into the sunset's glow, That holds a summer in a glorious bloom; Or take me to the shadowed woods that grow On the sky's mountains, in the evening gloom ! Give me an entrance to the limpid lake When moonbeams shine across its purity ! A life there is, within the life we take So commonly, for which 't were well to die. THE SHELL AND THE WORLD. 25 THE SHELL AND THE WORLD. IE world was like a shell to me, — Its voice with distant song was low ; But now its mysteries I know: I hear the turmoil of the sea. The whirling, soft, and tender sound That meant I knew not what of lore, — I dream its mystery now no more : Its reckless meaning I have found. O shell! I held thee to my ears When I was young, and smiled with pride To stand aglow at marvel's side ! O world, thy voice is wild with tears 1 THE CLOCK-TOWER BELL. not, sad bell, another hour hath come, Bare for the record of a world of crime ; Toll, rather, friend, the end of hideous Time, Wherein we bloom, live, die, yet have no home ! Bell, laurels would we o'er thy pulsing twine, And sing thee songs of triumph with glad tears. If to the warring of our haggard years Thy clang should herald peace along the line 1 OURS TO ENDURE. 27 OURS TO ENDURE. |E speak of the world that passes away, — The world of men who lived years ago, And could not feel that their hearts' quick glow Would fade to such ashen lore to-day. We hear of death that is not our woe, And see the shadow of funerals creeping Over the sweet fresh roads by the reaping; But do we weep till our loved ones go ? When one is lost ...
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