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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 Two Mariners
By Florus Beardsley Plimpton (1830–1886)
 
[Born in Palmyra, Ohio, 1830. Died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1886. Poems. 1886.]

COLUMBUS gave a world to light;
  Found tropic isles in tropic seas,
  Where spice-winds, wafting melodies
  From gorgeous groves of orange trees,
Thrilled the pleased senses with delight.        5
Nor sooner he these prizes gains
Than ingrates send him back in chains.
 
In thee, sweet one, my venturous heart—
  A mariner o’er untried seas—
  Found isles of calm and joy and ease,        10
  More glorious than the Cyclades—
New worlds in which it claimed a part;
Yet thence, where such enchantment reigns,
Thou’st sent the wanderer back in chains.
 
 
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