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THIS LAND, by            
First Line: Beloved sea, fall gently on this land
Last Line: Your loveliness long after I depart.
Subject(s): Pride; Sea; Self-esteem; Self-respect; Ocean


Beloved sea, fall gently on this land.
Sprinkle the bay, reach not the delicate rose
That perilously in the granite grows.
Deliberate gulls, move through your saraband
Upon this summer's wind, and every year.
Run, eager boy, with slim oars to your boat.
Lie, dreaming girl, the sun upon your throat.
Blown bright-frocked women, crowd upon the pier.
Gather the uncoined silver from your seine
And pass in the lilac evening to your beach,
Saying goodnight in your soft plaintive speech,
You quiet fishers of the flawless main.
Reiterate, O country of my heart
Your loveliness long after I depart.





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