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Responsive. Have you swayed with the swing of the surging sea

As it kissed the rocks at your feet;
     And caught the songs of the long ago
In the voices from the deep;
     While melodies of a slumbering past
O'er dreamy senses creep?

Have you silently stood under star-lit skies
     In the shadows of forest trees,
And heard the note of the whip-poor-will
     Borne on the murmuring breeze;
While rhythmic sounds from choirs unseen
     Enraptured fancies please?

Have you learned the sweet lesson of loyal love
     Which hallows the heart like a dream,
And feels the deep throb of an answering sense
     When memory pictures gleam
Like sails on a stretch of shimmering sea,
     Where silvery moonbeams stream?

If the sea, and the stars, and songs of the night
     Waken melodies hid within;
Be the songs without words, chords without notes,
     Yet with tears our eyes shall be dim;
'Tis the voiceless thrill of responsive hearts
     To Nature's antiphonal hymn.

C. H. L. On the Rocks. Magnolia.

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