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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
The Voice of the Pine
By Charles Timothy Brooks (1813–1883)
 
[Born in Salem, Mass., 1813. Died at Newport, R. I., 1883. Poems, Original and Translated. 1885.]

O TALL old pine! old gloomy pine!
Old grim, gigantic, gloomy pine!
What is there in that voice of thine
That thrills so deep this heart of mine?
 
Is it that in thy mournful sigh        5
Old years and voices long gone by,
And feelings that can never die,
Come thronging back on memory?
 
Is it that in thy solemn roar
My listening spirit hears once more        10
The trumpet-music of the host
Of billows round my native coast?
 
Or is it that I catch a sound
Of that more vast and dread profound,—
The soul’s unfathomable sea,        15
The ocean of eternity?
 
 
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