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First Line: We sailed and sailed upon the desert sea
Last Line: Like yonder land. Perhaps -- perhaps -- perhaps!
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


WE sailed and sailed upon the desert sea
Where for whole days we alone seemed to be.
At last we saw a dim, vague line arise
Between the empty billows and the skies,
That grew and grew until it wore the shape
Of cove and inlet, promontory and cape;
Then hills and valleys, rivers, fields, and woods,
Steeples and roofs, and village neighborhoods.
And then I thought, "Sometime I shall embark
Upon a sea more desert and more dark
Than ever this was, and between the skies
And empty billows I shall see arise
Another world out of that waste and lapse,
Like yonder land. Perhaps -- perhaps -- perhaps!





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