Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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THE SEA.
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I love, Oh how I love to ride On the fierce, foaming, bursting tide ! When every mad wave drowns the moon, Or whistles aloft his tempest tune, And tells how goeth the world below, And why the sou'-west blast doth blow ! I never was on the dull, tame shore, But I loved the great sea more and more, rind backward flew to her billowy breast, Like a bird that seeketh its mother's nest j And a mother she was, and is to me, For I was born on the open sea.
The waves were white, and red the morn,
In the noisy hour when I was born ;
And the whale it whistled, the porpoise rolled,
And the dolphins bared their backs of gold;
And never was heard such an outcry wild
As welcomed to life the Ocean child.
I have lived, since then, in calm and strife,
Full fifty summers a sailor's life,
With wealth to spend, and a power to range,
But never have sought or sighed for change:
And Death, whenever he come to me,
Shall come on the wide, unbounded sea.
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