Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LASSITUDE, by MATHILDE BLIND

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First Line: I laid me down beside the sea
Last Line: My heart itself was cast away.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness

I LAID me down beside the sea,
Endless in blue monotony;
The clouds were anchored in the sky,
Sometimes a sail went idling by.

Upon the shingles on the beach
Gray linen was spread out to bleach,
And gently with a gentle swell
The languid ripples rose and fell.

A fisher-boy, in level line,
Cast stone by stone into the brine:
Methought I too might do as he,
And cast my sorrows on the sea.

The old, old sorrows in a heap
Dropped heavily into the deep;
But with its sorrow on that day
My heart itself was cast away.

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