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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
Miscellaneous: The Ocean
The Sea in Calm
Bryan Waller Procter (1787–1874)
LOOK what immortal floods the sunset pours
Upon us! Mark! how still (as though in dreams
Bound) the once wild and terrible ocean seems!
How silent are the winds! No billow roars:
But all is tranquil as Elysian shores!        5
The silver margin which aye runneth round
The moon-enchanted sea, hath here no sound;
Even Echo speaks not on these radiant moors!
What! is the giant of the ocean dead,
Whose strength was all unmatched beneath the sun?        10
No; he reposes! Now his toils are done,
More quiet than the babbling brooks is he.
So mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed,
And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!

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