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"WITH SHIPS THE SEA WAS SPRINKLED FAR AND NIGH"

          WITH Ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh,
          Like stars in heaven, and joyously it showed;
          Some lying fast at anchor in the road,
          Some veering up and down, one knew not why.
          A goodly Vessel did I then espy
          Come like a giant from a haven broad;
          And lustily along the bay she strode,
          Her tackling rich, and of apparel high.
          This Ship was nought to me, nor I to her,
          Yet I pursued her with a Lover's look;                      10
          This Ship to all the rest did I prefer:
          When will she turn, and whither? She will brook
          No tarrying; where She comes the winds must stir:
          On went She, and due north her journey took.
                                                              1806.


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