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The Sound of the Sea

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was regarded as one of America's household poets. A learned man, he knew a dozen languages and taught literature at Harvard.
The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;

A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain's side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.

So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;

And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.


Q:  How many of my toes are poets?
A:  They all are!  They're longfellows!

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