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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
111. Mr. Merry’s Lament for “Long Tom”
 
By John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
 
 
  THY cruise is over now,
    Thou art anchored by the shore,
  And never more shalt thou
    Hear the storm around thee roar;
Death has shaken out the sands of thy glass.        5
  Now around thee sports the whale,
  And the porpoise snuffs the gale,
  And the night-winds wake their wail,
      As they pass.
 
  The sea-grass round thy bier        10
    Shall bend beneath the tide,
  Nor tell the breakers near
    Where thy manly limbs abide;
But the granite rock thy tombstone shall be.
  Though the edges of thy grave        15
  Are the combings of the wave—
  Yet unheeded they shall rave
      Over thee.
 
  At the piping of all hands,
    When the judgment signal’s spread—        20
  When the islands, and the lands,
    And the seas give up their dead,
And the south and the north shall come;
  When the sinner is dismayed,
  And the just man is afraid,        25
  Then heaven be thy aid,
      Poor Tom.
 

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