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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Apart
By John James Piatt (1835–1917)
 
AT sea are tossing ships;
  On shore are dreaming shells,
And the waiting heart and the loving lips,
  Blossoms and bridal bells.
 
At sea are sails agleam;        5
  On shore are longing eyes,
And the far horizon’s haunting dream
  Of ships that sail the skies.
 
At sea are masts that rise
  Like spectres from the deep;        10
On shore are the ghosts of drowning cries
  That cross the waves of sleep.
 
At sea are wrecks astrand;
  On shore are shells that moan,
Old anchors buried in barren sand,        15
  Sea-mist and dreams alone.
 
 
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