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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
“Pater Vester Pascit Illa”
Robert Stephen Hawker (1804–75)
OUR bark is on the waters: wide around
The wandering wave; above, the lonely sky.
Hush! a young sea-bird floats, and that quick cry
Shrieks to the levell’d weapon’s echoing sound,
Grasps its lank wing, and on, with reckless bound!        5
Yet, creature of the surf, a sheltering breast
To-night shall haunt in vain thy far-off nest,
A call unanswer’d search the rocky ground.
Lord of leviathan! when Ocean heard
Thy gathering voice, and sought his native breeze;        10
When whales first plunged with life, and the proud deep
Felt unborn tempests heave in troubled sleep;
Thou didst provide, e’en for this nameless bird,
Home, and a natural love, amid the surging seas.


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