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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
551. Sea-Birds
By Elizabeth Akers Allen (“Florence Percy”)
O LONESOME sea-gull, floating far
  Over the ocean’s icy waste,
Aimless and wide thy wanderings are,
  Forever vainly seeking rest:—
  Where is thy mate, and where thy nest?        5
’Twixt wintry sea and wintry sky,
  Cleaving the keen air with thy breast,
Thou sailest slowly, solemnly;
  No fetter on thy wing is pressed:—
  Where is thy mate, and where thy nest?        10
O restless, homeless human soul,
  Following for aye thy nameless quest,
The gulls float, and the billows roll;
  Thou watchest still, and questionest:—
  Where is thy mate, and where thy nest?        15


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