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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1129. Sea-Way
 
By Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz
 
 
THE TIDE slips up the silver sand,
  Dark night and rosy day;
It brings sea-treasures to the land,
  Then bears them all away.
On mighty shores from east to west        5
It wails, and gropes, and cannot rest.
 
O Tide, that still doth ebb and flow
  Through night to golden day:—
Wit, learning, beauty, come and go,
  Thou giv’st—thou tak’st away.        10
But some time, on some gracious shore,
Thou shalt lie still and ebb no more.
 

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