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Coast guard Cogitations.

On the cold, white sand,
Of a wave washed strand,
A weary soldier was dreaming,
While ly light
Of moonbeams bright
Was over the soldier beaming.

The Desmond spray
Of moonlit bay,
Dashed wildly at his feet;
His thoughts were far
From scenes of war,
Where voices of loved ones meet.

The joyous thrill
The words that fill
The heart of the soldier dreaming;
The soft, white arm--
The love kiss warm--
Are all too real for seeming.

In dreams of joy
The soldier boy
Cares nought for the coming morrow;
Yet the booming gun
Of the morning
May usher a day of sorrow.

On the cool white sand
Of a wave washed strand
A soldier then may be sleeping;
While around the bed
Of the soldier — dead--
No sorrowing friends be weeping

Yet angel eyes,
From azure skies,
Far over the moonlit wave,
Their tears of dew
Will softly strew
On the sleeping soldier's grave.

Camp Alabama, Warrington, Fla.

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