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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
Epes Sargent. 1813–1880
113. A Life on the Ocean Wave
A LIFE on the ocean wave, 
  A home on the rolling deep, 
Where the scattered waters rave, 
  And the winds their revels keep: 
Like an eagle caged, I pine         5
  On this dull, unchanging shore: 
Oh! give me the flashing brine, 
  The spray and the tempest's roar! 
Once more on the deck I stand 
  Of my own swift-gliding craft:  10
Set sail! farewell to the land! 
  The gale follows fair abaft. 
We shoot through the sparkling foam 
  Like an ocean bird set free;— 
Like the ocean bird, our home  15
  We'll find far out on the sea. 
The land is no longer in view, 
  The clouds have begun to frown; 
But with a stout vessel and crew, 
  We'll say, Let the storm come down!  20
And the song of our hearts shall be, 
  While the winds and the waters rave, 
A home on the rolling sea! 
  A life on the ocean wave! 

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