|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|How joyously the young sea-mew|
Lay dreaming on the waters blue,
Whereon our little bark had thrown
A little shade, the only one;
But shadows ever man pursue.
E. B. BrowningThe Sea-Mew.
|Vainly the fowlers eye|
Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong,
As, darkly painted on the crimson sky,
Thy figure floats along.
BryantTo a Water Fowl.
|Up and down! Up and down!|
From the base of the wave to the billows crown;
And amidst the flashing and feathery foam
The Stormy Petrel finds a home,
A home, if such a place may be,
For her who lives on the wide, wide sea,
On the craggy ice, in the frozen air,
And only seeketh her rocky lair
To warm her young and to teach them spring
At once oer the waves on their stormy wing!
Barry CornwallThe Stormy Petrel.
|Between two seas the sea-birds wing makes halt,|
Wind-weary; while with lifting head he waits
For breath to reinspire him from the gates
That open still toward sunrise on the vault
High-domed of morning.
SwinburneSongs of the Spring Tides. Introductory lines to Birthday Ode to Victor Hugo.