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First Line: Who are these strangers gathered on our shore?
Last Line: From tyre or sidon, yearning for the seas.
Subject(s): Pine Trees; Ships & Shipping; Trees

Who are these strangers gathered on our shore?
Seaward they stretch their arms, year after year.
What fate from unknown region drove them here,
To rouse our wonder, charm us more and more—
A riddle unto sages and their lore?
Like friends, they cling unto the rocks, and rear
Protectingly their writhen forms; nor fear
Great gales, yea, dance within them, and adore.

Perchance, in far-off time, a storm blown ship,
From realm remote, was wrecked upon this coast,
And hardy men were changed to hardy trees.
Look close and you shall see the bearded life
Of Viking bold, or yet a weathered ghost
From Tyre or Sidon, yearning for the seas.

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