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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. The Ship Returning
By Robert Southey (1774–1843)
SHE comes majestic with her swelling sails,
  The gallant ship; along her watery way
Homeward she drives before the favoring gales.
  Now flirting at their length the streamers play,
And now they ripple with the ruffling breeze.        5
  Hark to the sailors’ shouts! the rocks rebound,
  Thundering in echoes to the joyful sound.
Long have they voyaged o’er the distant seas;
And what a heart-delight they feel at last,
So many toils, so many dangers past,        10
  To view the port desired, he only knows
Who on the stormy deep for many a day
Hath tost, aweary of his watery way,
  And watched, all anxious, every wind that blows!

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