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[251] Her heart is like an outbound ship
     That at its anchor swings;
The murmur of the stranded shell
     Is in the song she sings.

She sings, and, smiling, hears her praise,
     But dreams the while of one
Who watches from his sea-blown deck
     The icebergs in the sun.

She questions all the winds that blow,
     And every fog-wreath dim,
And bids the sea-birds flying north
     Bear messages to him.

She speeds them with the thanks of men
     He perilled life to save,
And grateful prayers like holy oil
     To smooth for him the wave.

Brown Viking of the fishing-smack!
     Fair toast of all the town!—
The skipper's jerkin ill beseems
     The lady's silken gown!

But ne'er shall Amy Wentworth wear
     For him the blush of shame
Who dares to set his manly gifts
     Against her ancient name.

The stream is brightest at its spring,
     And blood is not like wine;
Nor honored less than he who heirs
     Is he who founds a line.

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