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First Line: Storms of the winter, and deepening
Last Line: And the world was dear to me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Sea; Soul; Storms; Winter; Ocean

STORMS of the winter, and deepening snows,
When will you end? I said,
For the soul within me was numb with woes,
And my heart uncomforted.
When will you cease, O dismal days?
When will you set me free?
For the frozen world and its desolate ways
Are all unloved of me!

I waited long, but the answer came --
The kiss of the sunshine lay
Warm as a flame on the lips that frame
The song in my heart to-day.
Blossoms of summer-time waved in the air,
Glimmers of sun in the sea;
Fair thoughts followed me everywhere,
And the world was dear to me.

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