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BY THE PACIFIC OCEAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here room and kingly silence keep
Last Line: Their ghosts illume my lurid west.
Alternate Author Name(s): Miller, Joaquin
Subject(s): Pacific Ocean; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore

HERE room and kingly silence keep
Companionship in state austere;
The dignity of death is here,
The large, lone vastness of the deep;
Here toil has pitched his camp to rest:
The west is banked against the west.

Above you gleaming skies of gold
One lone imperial peak is seen;
While gathered at his feet in green
Ten thousand foresters are told:
And all so still! so still the air
That duty drops the web of care.

Beneath the sunset's golden sheaves
The awful deep walks with the deep,
Where silent sea doves slip and sweep,
And commerce keeps her loom and weaves.
The dead red men refuse to rest;
Their ghosts illume my lurid West.

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