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SONGS FOR GIRLHOOD.
1-23
They come forth from the darkness, and their sails Gleam for a moment only in the blaze,
And eager faces, as the light unveils,
Gaze at the tower, and vanish as they gaze.
The sea-bird wheeling round it, with the din Of wings and winds and solitary cries,
Blinded and maddened by the light withiu, Dashes himself against the glare, and dies.
The mariuer remembers, wheu a child,
On his first voyage, he saw it fade and sink,
And when, returning from adventures wild, He saw it rise again o'er ocean's brink.
Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night,
Burns on for evermore that quenchless flame, Shines on that inextinguishable light!
It sees the ocean to its bosom clasp
The rocks and sea-sand with the kiss of peace; It sees the wild winds lift it in their grasp,
And hold it up and shake it like a fleece.
The startled waves leap over it; the storm Smites it with all the scourges of the rain,
Aud steadily against its solid form
Press the great shoulders of the hurricane.
A uew Prometheus chained upon the rock, Still grasping iu his band the fire of Jove,
It does not hear the cry nor heed the shock, But hails the mariner with words of love.
" Sail on!" it says ; " sail on, ye stately ships !
And with your floating bridge the ocean span ; Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse !
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man !"







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