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CASTLES OF THE SEA, by            
First Line: Summer's breath is on the ocean, fragrant from far / southern lands
Last Line: And our lives are spent in loving there among the isles of god.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SUMMER'S breath is on the ocean, fragrant from far southern lands,
She has brought her splendor northward here to grace our rock-ribbed strands;
In the white-winged, purple distance, mystery has draped her isles
With a languorous, lazy magic which goes drifting down the miles.

Here the sands lie hot and heavy, yonder where the shore-line curls,
Veiled by mists of dim horizons, they are gray as smoky pearls,
And the rocks look soft as pillows, fanned by lazy winds of sleep,
Which come lightly o'er the billows from the chambers of the deep.

This is love's own place for dreaming; out upon the surging foam
Fairy ships move slow and stately to the harbors of their home,
And across the sunlit waters, on the far shore of the bay,
There are children, laughing, splashing, making merry in their play.

But my soul is building castles out across the leagues of brine,
Ivory turrets rise majestic and the palaces are mine;
Love walks with me down the gardens, out upon the velvet sod,
And our lives are spent in loving there among the isles of God.





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