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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1033. Sandy Hook
By George Houghton
WHITE sand and cedars; cedars, sand;
Light-houses here and there; a strand
Strewn o’er with driftwood; tangled weeds;
A squad of fish-hawks poised above
The nets, too anxious-eyed to move;        5
Flame-flowering cactus; wingëd seeds,
That on a sea of sunshine lie
Unfanned, save by some butterfly;
A sun now reddening toward the west;—
And under and through all one hears        10
That mellow voice, old as the years,
The waves’ low monotone of unrest.
So wanes the summer afternoon
In drowsy stillness, and the moon
Appears; when, sudden, round about        15
The wind-cocks wheel,—hoarse fog-horns shout
A warning, and in gathering gloom
Against the sea’s white anger loom
Tall shapes of wreckers, torch in hand,
Rattling their life-boats down the sand!        20


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