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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
“As happy dwellers by the sea-side hear”
By Celia (Laighton) Thaxter (1835–1894)
AS happy dwellers by the sea-side hear
  In every pause the sea’s mysterious sound,
  The infinite murmur, solemn and profound,
Incessant, filling all the atmosphere,
Even so I hear you, for you do surround        5
  My newly-waking life, and break for aye
About the viewless shores, till they resound
  With echoes of God’s greatness night and day.
Refreshed and glad I feel the full flood-tide
  Fill every inlet of my waiting soul,        10
  Long-striving, eager hope, beyond control,
For help and strength at last is satisfied,
And you exalt me, like the sounding sea,
With ceaseless whispers of eternity.

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