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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
I. A Sea Gleam
By William Alexander (1824–1911)
’TWAS a sullen summer day;
  Skies were neither dark nor clear,
  Heaven in the distance sheer
Over sharp cliff’s sloped away—
  Ocean did not yet appear.        5
Not as yet a white sail shimmer’d,
  Not with full expanse divine
  Did the great Atlantic shine;
Only very far there glimmer’d
  Dimly one long tremulous line.        10
In the hedge were roses snow’d
  Or blush’d o’er by summer morn,
  Right and left grew fields of corn,
Stretching greenly from the road—
  From the hay a breath was borne.        15
Not of small sweet wild rose twine,
  Not of young corn waving free,
  Not of clover fields thought we;
Only to that dim bright line
  Looking, cried we, “’Tis the Sea.”        20
In life’s sullen summer day
  Lo! before us dull hills rise,
  And above, unlovely skies
Slope off with their bluish grey
  Into some far mysteries.        25
Love’s sweet roses, hope’s young corn,
  Green fields whisper’d round and round
  By the breezes landward bound
(Yet, ah! scalded too and torn
  By the sea winds), there are found.        30
And at times in life’s dull day,
  From the flower, and the sod,
  And the hill our feet have trod
To a brightness far away,
  Turn we saying, “This is God.”        35

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