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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1632. I Explain
 
By Stephen Crane
 
 
I EXPLAIN the silvered passing of a ship at night,
The sweep of each sad lost wave,
The dwindling boom of the steel thing’s striving,
The little cry of a man to a man,
A shadow falling across the grayer night,        5
And the sinking of the small star;
 
Then the waste, the far waste of waters,
And the soft lashing of black waves
For long and in loneliness.
 
Remember, thou, O ship of love,        10
Thou leavest a far waste of waters,
And the soft lashing of black waves
For long and in loneliness.
 

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