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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. The Departure
By Epes Sargent (1813–1880)
AGAIN 1 thy winds are pealing in mine ear!
Again thy waves are flashing in my sight!
Thy memory-haunting tones again I hear,
As through the waves our vessel wings her flight!
On thy cerulean breast, now swelling high,        5
Again, thou broad Atlantic, am I cast!
Six years, with gathering speed, have glided by,
Since, an adventurous boy, I hailed thee last;
The sea-birds o’er me wheel, as if to greet
An old companion; on my naked brow        10
The sparkling foam-drops not unkindly beat;
Flows through my hair the freshening breeze; and now
The horizon’s ring enclasps me; and I stand
Gazing where fades from view, cloud-like, my fatherland!
Note 1. From “Shells and Sea-Weeds, or, Records of a Summer Voyage to Cuba,” in his “Songs of the Sea, 1847.” [back]

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