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Ballads of Lost Haven: A Book of the Sea

Bliss Carman

Book Overview: 

This collection of lyric poems evokes the sea in every line, from birth (A Son of the Sea) to death (Outbound). The smells, sights and sounds of the Canada's East Coast feature prominently.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To hear the white gulls scream.

[Pg 25]

Then with the storm foreboding Far in the dim gray South, He kissed her not upon the cheek Nor on the burning mouth, But once above the forehead Before he turned away; And ere the morning light stole in, That golden lock was gray. "O Yanna, Adrianna—" The wind moans to the sea; And down the sluices of the dawn A shadow drifts alee.

[Pg 26]

THE MARRING OF MALYN I THE MERRYMAKERS Among the wintry mountains beside the Northern sea There is a merrymaking, as old as old can be. Over the river reaches, over the wastes of snow, Halting at every doorway, the white drifts come and go. They scour upon the open, and mass along the wood, The burliest invaders that ever man withstood.

[Pg 27]

With swoop and whirl and scurry, these riders of the drift Will mount and wheel and column, and pass into the lift. All night upon the marshes you hear their tread go by, And all night. . . Read More