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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
608. Ireland
 
A Seaside Portrait
 
By John James Piatt
 
 
A GREAT, still Shape, alone,
  She sits (her harp has fallen) on the sand,
And sees her children, one by one, depart:—
Her cloak (that hides what sins beside her own!)
  Wrapped fold on fold about her. Lo,        5
      She comforts her fierce heart,
As wailing some, and some gay-singing go,
With the far vision of that Greater Land
      Deep in the Atlantic skies,
      St. Brandan’s Paradise!        10
      Another Woman there,
      Mighty and wondrous fair,
Stands on her shore-rock:—one uplifted hand
      Holds a quick-piercing light
      That keeps long sea-ways bright;        15
She beckons with the other, saying “Come,
      O landless, shelterless,
Sharp-faced with hunger, worn with long distress:—
      Come hither, finding home!
Lo, my new fields of harvest, open, free,        20
      By winds of blessing blown,
Whose golden corn-blades shake from sea to sea—
Fields without walls that all the people own!”
 

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