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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
 
Humorous Poems: I. Woman
The Sea
Eva L. Ogden
 
SHE was rich and of high degree;
A poor and unknown artist he.
“Paint me,” she said, “a view of the sea.”
 
So he painted the sea as it looked the day
That Aphroditè arose from its spray;        5
And it broke, as she gazed on its face the while,
Into its countless-dimpled smile.
“What a poky, stupid picture!” said she:
“I don’t believe he can paint the sea!”
 
Then he painted a raging, tossing sea,        10
Storming, with fierce and sudden shock,
A towering, mighty fastness-rock;—
In its sides, above those leaping crests,
The thronging sea-birds built their nests.
“What a disagreeable daub!” said she:        15
“Why, it isn’t anything like the sea!”
 
Then he painted a stretch of hot brown sand,
With a big hotel on either hand,
And a handsome pavilion for the band;—
Not a sign of water to be seen,        20
Except one faint little streak of green.
“What a perfectly exquisite picture!” said she:
“It ’s the very image of the sea!”
 
 
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