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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
Middle States: Rockaway, N. Y.
Henry John Sharpe

ON old Long Island’s sea-girt shore,
Many an hour I ’ve whiled away,
In listening to the breakers’ roar
That wash the beach at Rockaway.
Transfixed I ’ve stood while Nature’s lyre        5
In one harmonious concert broke,
And catching its Promethean fire,
My inmost soul to rapture woke.
*        *        *        *        *
To hear the startling night-winds sigh,
As dreamy twilight lulls to sleep;        10
While the pale moon reflects from high
Her image in the mighty deep;
Majestic scene where Nature dwells,
Profound in everlasting love,
While her unmeasured music swells,        15
The vaulted firmament above.

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