Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
VII. The Sea
The Sea
Bernard Barton (1784–1849)
BEAUTIFUL, sublime, and glorious;
  Mild, majestic, foaming, free,—
Over time itself victorious,
  Image of eternity!
Sun and moon and stars shine o’er thee,        5
  See thy surface ebb and flow,
Yet attempt not to explore thee
  In thy soundless depths below.
Whether morning’s splendors steep thee
  With the rainbow’s glowing grace,        10
Tempests rouse, or navies sweep thee,
  ’T is but for a moment’s space.
Earth,—her valleys and her mountains,
  Mortal man’s behests obey;
The unfathomable fountains        15
  Scoff his search and scorn his sway.
Such art thou, stupendous Ocean!
  But, if overwhelmed by thee,
Can we think, without emotion,
  What must thy Creator be?        20

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