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A Child's Own Book of Verse, Book Three by  Ada M. Skinner and Frances Gillespy Wickes

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THE SEA

[43]

The sea! the sea! the open sea!

The blue, the fresh, the ever free!

Without a mark, without a bound,

It runneth the earth's wide regions round;

It plays with the clouds; it mocks the skies;

Or like a cradled creature lies.


I'm on the sea! I'm on the sea!

I am where I would ever be;

With the blue above, and the blue below,

And silence wheresoe'er I go;

If a storm should come and awake the deep,

What matter? I  shall ride and sleep.


I love, oh, how  I love to ride

On the fierce, foaming, bursting tide,

When every mad wave drowns the moon,

Or whistles aloft his tempest tune,

And tells how goeth the world below,

And why the sou'west blasts do blow.


I never was on the dull, tame shore,

But I loved the great sea more and more,

And backwards flew to her billowy breast,

Like a bird that seeketh its mother's nest;

And a mother she was, and is,  to me;

For I was born on the open sea!

—BARRY CORNWALL.


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