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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
Miscellaneous: Seas of the Tropics
Tropical Weather
Epes Sargent (1813–1880)
NOW we ’re afloat upon the tropic sea;
Here Summer holdeth a perpetual reign.
How flash the waters in their bounding glee!
The sky’s soft purple is without a stain.
Full in our wake the smooth, warm trade-winds, blowing,        5
To their unvarying goal still faithful run;
And, as we steer, with sails before them flowing,
Nearer the zenith daily climbs the sun.
The startled flying-fish around us skim,
Glossed, like the humming-bird, with rainbow dyes;        10
And, as they dip into the water’s brim,
Swift in pursuit the preying dolphin hies.
All, all is fair; and, gazing round, we feel
Over the yielding sense the torrid languor steal.

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