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I stood and gazed on the moonlit sea,' 1 And a tide of thoughts surged over me Too deep, too high, for a mortal tongue, r Like the songs of heay'n by this angeli sung. And I watched the waves with a wond'ring gaze As they onward rolled m the evening hape, And filled the air with a murm'rous din On the rocky shore as they tumbled m. Ripple, ripple, approach, retreat, With many an eddy at my feet; On the dancing waters the full moon's 'rays ■■. ' - Shone bright as silver or lamps of fays, And the waters seemed m their careless P lay Like childhood's heart m its guileless day Like the young life sparkling]bright and clear With joyous laughter and scarce a tear. Then a passing cloud threw a shadow gray On the leaping waves and the feathered spray, And then I thought of the later years, With their- clouds of sorrow and rain of tears; . Yet the soft moon's rays that so gently fell Of a hope eternal seemed to te11,,,,,: , r ;vf Of the haven sweet where the soul opprest ;-;.:-,-wn;i In a light unshadowed sinks to rest. And far away from the dusky beach— Far away as the eye could rbachf-ri Was a broad expanse, of a silver sheen, Where the silent waters lay serene, Hiding under their surface bright Fathoms deep of the blackest night—• And methought it spoke of earth's glittering show And the inky blackness that reigns below, E. R. Wyatt, Ashburton. ;

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A MOONLIT SEA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2465, 12 July 1890

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A MOONLIT SEA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2465, 12 July 1890

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