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First Line: Once in the days of old
Last Line: T is but a wind that veers.
Subject(s): Love; Sea; Ocean


ONCE in the days of old,
In the years of youth and mirth,
The Sea was a lover bright and bold,
And he loved the golden Earth.
The Sun, in his royal raiment clad,
Loved her and found her sweet,
But the Sea was content and glad
Only to be at her feet.
Ah! that the bards should sing,
And wail for the golden years!
Love was and is but an idle thing,
'T is but a wind that veers.

And Earth in her beauty and pride
Held her lips to the wooing Sun;
He said, "Thou art fair, O my bride,"
And she sang, "I am thine alone."
The faithful Sea at her faithless feet
Rolled with a broken moan;
"O Sun!" he cried, "but thy bride is sweet,
And I am alone, alone!"
Ah! that the bards, etc.

Oft would the Sun depart,
And his bride in her gloom made moan,
And the Sea would cry that her loving heart
Should be left to pine alone.
And his voice is strange and sad and sweet,
"O love, not mine! not mine!
I am content to lie at thy feet,
And love thee in storm and shine."
Ah! that the bards should sing,
And wail for the golden years!
Love was and is but an idle thing,
'T is but a wind that veers.





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