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CLAM DIGGERS ON IPSWICH FLATS, by            
First Line: Bent forms on wide great flats are swiftly digging
Last Line: For the tide has turned, as the tide will turn alway!
Subject(s): Clams


Bent forms on wide great flats are swiftly digging,
Legs spread and supple muscles well in play;
They strike, and with deft fingers snatch their harvest
Wet and shining, from the mass of slaty clay.
For the tide will turn -- the tide will turn alway.

Work done, their motor-boats dash up the river,
With wakes of flashing foam upon their way,
The slate-blue masses shine in rough clam-baskets,
Bronzed faces gleam, with song and laughter gay --
For the tide has turned, as the tide will turn alway!





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