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First Line: Fishing is life for towns along the sea
Last Line: Yet they shall keep a people until spring.
Alternate Author Name(s): Beston, Henry, Mrs.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Water; Winter; Anglers


Fishing is life for towns along the sea:
The value of a season may be weighed
In the new sheds and fences that are made
And winters passed in full security.
In a slack year all the community
Stiffens to failure: and bills go unpaid,
The men ship to the Indies, and dismayed
The women wait on mutability.

Here in the old smoke houses on the shore
In lines of rose and silver, the fish swing
Above the fires smouldering from the floor
Their dripping brightness slowly tarnishing:
They do not look like any treasure store
Yet they shall keep a people until spring.





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