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DRIFTWOOD, by            
First Line: Beyond the reach of the hungry tides, a storm-wind swept you / high
Last Line: Merely stray bits of drift-wood by life's grim fate betrayed.
Subject(s): Disasters; Driftwood; Grief; Sea; Ships & Shipping; Shipwrecks; Sorrow; Sadness; Ocean


Beyond the reach of the hungry tides, a storm-wind swept you high;
Left you here in the blazing sun, broken and bleached and dry;
Only a bit of drift-wood; whence came you—how and why?

Did angry wave and tempest wild, on yonder rock-bound reef
Drive to her death, some vessel weak, where nought could give relief?
Left but this bit of drift-wood; yea, this, and searing grief?

Like this frail ship, a soul goes down; the toll to sin is paid;
The coast of folly strewn with wrecks, its siren call has made;
Merely stray bits of drift-wood by life's grim fate betrayed.





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