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THE BELL AT SEA, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: When the tide's billowy swell
Last Line: Stern though it be!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Bells; Sea; Ocean

WHEN the tide's billowy swell
Had reached its height,
Then tolled the rock's lone bell
Sternly by night.

Far over cliff and surge
Swept the deep sound,
Making each wild wind's dirge
Still more profound.

Yet that funereal tone
The sailor blessed,
Steering through darkness on
With fearless breast.

E'en so may we, that float
On life's wide sea,
Welcome each warning note,
Stern though it be!

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