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[61] On passed the bark in safety
     Round isle and headland steep;
No tempest broke above them,
     No fog-cloud veiled the deep.

Far round the bleak and stormy Cape
     The venturous Macy passed,
And on Nantucket's naked isle
     Drew up his boat at last.

And how, in log-built cabin,
     They braved the rough sea-weather;
And there, in peace and quietness,
     Went down life's vale together;

How others drew around them,
     And how their fishing sped,
Until to every wind of heaven
     Nantucket's sails were spread;

How pale Want alternated
     With Plenty's golden smile;
Behold, is it not written
     in the annals of the isle?

And yet that isle remaineth
     A refuge of the free,
As when true-hearted Macy
     Beheld it from the sea.

Free as the winds that winnow
     Her shrubless hills of sand,
Free as the waves that batter
     Along her yielding land.

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