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First Line: Now while the sunset offers
Last Line: "shall feed my wells with tears."
Subject(s): Santa Barbara, California; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


Now while the sunset offers,
Shall we not take our own:
The gems, the blazing coffers,
The seas, the shores, the throne?

The sky-ships, radiant-masted,
Move out, bear low our way.
Oh, Life was dark while it lasted,
Now for enduring day.

Now with the world far under,
To draw up drowning men
And show them lands of wonder
Where they may build again.

There earthly sorrow falters,
There longing has its wage;
There gleam the ivory altars
Of our lost pilgrimage.

—Swift flame—then shipwrecks only
Beach in the ruined light;
Above them reach up lonely
The headlands of the night.

A hurt bird cries and flutters
Her dabbled breast of brown;
The Western wall unshutters
To fling one last rose down.

A rose, a wild light after—
And life calls through the years,
"Who dreams my fountain's laughter
Shall feed my wells with tears."





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