Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


                   I pace the sounding sea-beach and behold
                     How the voluminous billows roll and run,
                     Upheaving and subsiding, while the sun
                     Shines through their sheeted emerald far unrolled,

                   And the ninth wave, slow gathering fold by fold
                     All its loose-flowing garments into one,
                     Plunges upon the shore, and floods the dun
                     Pale reach of sands, and changes them to gold.

                   So in majestic cadence rise and fall
                     The mighty undulations of thy song,
                     O sightless bard, England's Maeonides!

                   And ever and anon, high over all
                     Uplifted, a ninth wave superb and strong,
                     Floods all the soul with its melodious seas.


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