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[16] And all we shrink from now may seem
     No new revealing;
Familiar as our childhood's stream,
     Or pleasant memory of a dream
The loved and cherished Past upon the new life stealing.

Serene and mild the untried light
     May have its dawning;
And, as in summer's northern night
     The evening and the dawn unite,
The sunset hues of Time blend with the soul's new morning.

I sit alone; in foam and spray
     Wave after wave
Breaks on the rocks which, stern and gray,
     Shoulder the broken tide away,
Or murmurs hoarse and strong through mossy cleft and cave.

What heed I of the dusty land
     And noisy town?
I see the mighty deep expand
     From its white line of glimmering sand
To where the blue of heaven on bluer waves shuts down!

In listless quietude of mind,
     I yield to all
The change of cloud and wave and wind
     And passive on the flood reclined,
I wander with the waves, and with them rise and fall.

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