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SHIPS AT SUNSET, by            
First Line: The old ships come
Last Line: With similar speech?
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping

THE old ships come
And the old ships go;
And the sluicing waves
Surge to and fro.

The old ships go out
Over the sea,
And the green waves lift

Grey seagulls cruise
High in the sky,
Echoing the wave-wash
In their shrill cry.

And the seagulls swerve
Along the sea,
And there's loneliness
In the heart of me! —

A loneliness
And a deep desire
To rove out across
The sunset's fire.

To follow old ships
Along the seas
To the farthest beaches
Of the Celebes ...

Did Keats or Shelley
Ever tramp a beach
And greet old ships
With similar speech?

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