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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1807–1882
 
66. Seaweed
 
WHEN descends on the Atlantic 
    The gigantic 
Storm-wind of the equinox, 
Landward in his wrath he scourges 
    The toiling surges,         5
Laden with seaweed from the rocks: 
  
From Bermuda's reefs; from edges 
    Of sunken ledges, 
In some far-off, bright Azore; 
From Bahama, and the dashing,  10
    Silver-flashing 
Surges of San Salvador; 
  
From the tumbling surf, that buries 
    The Orkneyan skerries, 
Answering the hoarse Hebrides;  15
And from wrecks of ships, and drifting 
    Spars, uplifting 
On the desolate, rainy seas;— 
  
Ever drifting, drifting, drifting 
    On the shifting  20
Currents of the restless main; 
Till in sheltered coves, and reaches 
    Of sandy beaches, 
All have found repose again. 
  
So when storms of wild emotion  25
    Strike the ocean 
Of the poet's soul, erelong 
From each cave and rocky fastness, 
    In its vastness, 
Floats some fragment of a song:  30
  
From the far-off isles enchanted, 
    Heaven has planted 
With the golden fruit of Truth; 
From the flashing surf, whose vision 
    Gleams Elysian  35
In the tropic clime of Youth; 
  
From the strong Will, and the Endeavor 
    That forever 
Wrestle with the tides of Fate; 
From the wreck of Hopes far-scattered,  40
    Tempest-shattered, 
Floating waste and desolate;— 
  
Ever drifting, drifting, drifting 
    On the shifting 
Currents of the restless heart;  45
Till at length in books recorded, 
    They, like hoarded 
Household words, no more depart. 
 
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