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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Sea Quatrains
By Grant H. Code
 
I
TOO fast the silly white-caps run
  Their helter-skelter races;
They stumble when the goal is won
  And fall upon their faces.
 
II
A purple light is shaken over
        5
  The greener ocean shadows,
Like clover on the cooler depths
  Of grass in upland meadows,
 
III
The sea hangs kelp upon the sand
  Like garlands on a grave,        10
Mourning the dead and silent land
  With every living wave.
 
IV
The breakers thunder in the night
  With which the sea is drenched.
Only one plunging line is white;        15
  Even the stars are quenched.
 
V
The fairest ship ever a wreck
  Had not so white a sail
As this fair wave cast up to break,
  Driven before the gale.        20
 
 
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