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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Hope
By Phillips Stewart (1864–1892)
 
IN shadowy calm the boat
  Sleeps by the dreaming oar,
The green hills are afloat
  Beside the silver shore.
 
Youth hoists the white-winged sail,        5
  Love takes the longing oar—
The oft-told fairy tale
  Beside the silver shore.
 
Soft lip to lip, and heart
  To heart, and hand to hand,        10
And wistful eyes depart
  Unto another strand.
 
And lovely as a star
  They tremble o’er the wave,
With eager wings afar        15
  Unto the joys they crave.
 
In a sweet trance they fare
  Unto the wind and rain,
With wind-tossed waves of hair,
  And ne’er return again.        20
 
And at the drifting side,
  Changed faces in the deep
They see, and changing tide,
  Like phantoms in a sleep.
 
Slow hands furl the torn sail        25
  Without one silver gleam,
And sad, and wan, and pale,
  They gaze into a dream.
 
 
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