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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1344. Man in Nature
 
By William Roscoe Thayer (“Paul Hermes”)
 
 
CLIMBING up the hillside beneath the summer stars
  I listen to the murmur of the drowsy ebbing sea;
The newly-risen moon has loosed her silver zone
  On the undulating waters where the ships are sailing free.
 
O moon, and O stars, and O drowsy summer sea.        5
  Drawing thy tide from the city up the bay,
I know how you will look and what your bounds must be,
  When we and our sons have forever passed away.
 
You shall not change, but a nobler race of men
  Shall walk beneath the stars and wander by the shore;        10
I cannot guess their glory, but I think the sky and sea
  Will bring to them more gladness than they brought to us of yore.
 

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