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AN OCEAN GREYHOUND, by            
First Line: Free from the harbor this huge beauty swings
Last Line: Links old to new and meets the nations' need.
Subject(s): Greyhounds


FREE from the harbor this huge beauty swings
With prow poked seaward to the sunrise lands,
The old world with its commerce-clanging strands,
Its castle-ruined hills, its courts of kings,
Its marts yet steeped in lore of ancient things.
How swiftly slips the greyhound from our sands!
Out in that choppy sea how strong she stands
Defiant of old ocean's thunderings!
She rides her thousand leagues of pounding brine
As trim as Cossack rides a lawless steed.
Behold! in her doth Science give the sign
Of perfect mastery, safety, comfort, speed,
And she in bridging Neptune's dread confine
Links old to new and meets the nations' need.





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