Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LIFTED SHELL, by MARY CHILTON CHASE CORNELIUS



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THE LIFTED SHELL, by            
First Line: Beauty is not a pebble on the shore
Last Line: To them the lifted shell gives back no sound.
Subject(s): Beauty


Beauty is not a pebble on the shore --
A worthless stone upon the rippled sand,
To be picked up by any casual hand:
It is a shell from some deep ocean floor;
A rare-found seashell magical and strange.
Within its heart the far melodic roar
Of ocean diapason evermore
Resounds to ears attuned to its full range.
They hark in vain who never -- haven-bound --
Have dared the sea when night-dark waves crashed high,
And glimpsed the pole star fixed in threatening sky.
To them the lifted shell gives back no sound.





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