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SEA QUATRAINS, by            
First Line: Too fast the silly white-caps run
Last Line: Driven before the gale.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


I

Too fast the silly white-caps run
Their helter-skelter races;
They stumble when the goal is won
And fall upon their faces.

II

A purple light is shaken over
The greener ocean shadows,
Like clover on the cooler depths
Of grass in upland meadows.

III

The sea hangs kelp upon the sand
Like garlands on a grave,
Mourning the dead and silent land
With every living wave.

IV

The breakers thunder in the night
With which the sea is drenched.
Only one plunging line is white;
Even the stars are quenched.

V

The fairest ship ever a wreck
Had not so white a sail
As this fair wave cast up to break,
Driven before the gale.





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