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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: Rye, N. H.
Voices of the Sea
Thomas Durfee (1826–1901)
 
ON the lone rocks of Rye,
  When the day grows dimmer,
And the stars from the sky
  Shed a tremulous glimmer,
While the low winds croon,        5
  And the waves, as they glisten,
Complain to the moon,
  I linger and listen.
 
All the magical whole
  Of shadow and splendor        10
Steals into my soul,
  Majestic yet tender;
And the desolate main,
  Like a sibyl intoning
Her mystical strain,        15
  Keeps ceaselessly moaning.
 
I hear it spell-bound,
  All its myriad voices,—
Its wandering sound,
  And my spirit rejoices;        20
For out of the deep
  And the distance it crieth,
And, deep unto deep,
  My spirit replieth.
 
 
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