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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse. 1912.

George William Curtis 1824–1892

George William Curtis

151 “O listen to the sounding sea”

O LISTEN to the sounding sea

That beats on the remorseless shore,

O listen! for that sound will be

When our wild hearts shall beat no more.

O listen well and listen long!

For sitting folded close to me,

You could not hear a sweeter song

Than that hoarse murmur of the sea.