Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, O.M.B. (DIED NOVEMBER, 1874), by FORD MADOX BROWN



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O.M.B. (DIED NOVEMBER, 1874), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As one who strives from some fast steamer's
Last Line: Some vestige of your thought outspans the abysm!
Subject(s): Brown, Oliver Madox (1855-1874)


As one who strives from some fast steamer's side
To note amid the backward-spinning foam
And keep in view some separate wreath therefrom,
That cheats him even the while he views it glide
(Merging in other foam-tracks stretching wide),
So strive we to keep clear that day our home
First saw you riven -- a memory thence to roam,
A shatter'd blossom on the eternal tide!
O broken promises that show'd so fair!
O morning sun of wit set in despair!
O brows made smooth as with the Muse's chrism!
O Oliver! ourselves Death's cataclysm
Must soon o'ertake -- but not in vain -- not where
Some vestige of your thought outspans the abysm!





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