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So let me offer thee this lay of mine,
Simple and homely, lacking much thy play
Of color and of fancy. If its theme
And treatment seem to thee befitting youth
Rather than age, let this be my excuse:
It has beguiled some heavy hours and called
Some pleasant memories up; and, better still,
Occasion lent me for a kindly word
To one who is my neighbor and my friend.

1883.

The skipper sailed out of the harbor mouth,
     Leaving the apple-bloom of the South
For the ice of the Eastern seas,
     In his fishing schooner Breeze.

Handsome and brave and young was he,
     And the maids of Newbury sighed to see
His lessening white sail fall
     Under the sea's blue wall.

Through the Northern Gulf and the misty screen
     Of the isles of Mingan and Madeleine,
St. Paul's and Blanc Sablon,
     The little Breeze sailed on,

Backward and forward, along the shore
     Of lorn and desolate Labrador,
And found at last her way
     To the Seven Islands Bay.

The little hamlet, nestling below
     Great hills white with lingering snow,

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