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HARBOR WATCH, by            
First Line: I will go down to the wharf to see
Last Line: Watching the slanted sails.
Subject(s): Harbors; Sailing & Sailors

I will go down to the wharf to see
To watch for a ship that may come for me,
Out where the white waves are flashing flung
Out where the sea meets sky and sun
Waiting a sail to come.

I will go down where the ships come in
To watch where the earth and sky begin
And in my heart must throbbing burn
While lonely I wait his fond return
As the ships come in.

I shall stand gazing from coast to cove
To watch where my laughing lover may rove
I shall watch beyond the farthest strand
Far out beyond the farthest land,
Watching the homeward sails.

Merry blue eyes shall laugh at me
His eager voice will tender be—
I shall go down to the singing sea
To wait a tall ship to come for me,
Watching the slanted sails.

And now the light of the day is done
Has slipped to the sea the groping sun
Where'er my lover roam that I be not alone
Out of the farthest sea has come to me
Drifting, a phantom sail.

All of my life I shall lonely be
Watching the ships far out at sea
Watching beyond the farthest span
Of the farthest farthest outflung land
Watching the slanted sails.

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