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By the Sea by D. B. Mckean









By the Sea

D. B. Mckean

A wide expanse of yellow sand,

A breeze so fresh and free,

Which, gently rippling, scarcely wakes

The calm and tranquil sea.


Beneath the clear and shining wave

Bright shells and sea-weeds lie,

Reflecting all the golden light

Of the sweet summer sky.


And many a crystal pool is there,

Where hermits lurk below,

And restless shrimps in coat of mail

Flash swiftly to and fro.


A noon-day hush is over all,

Unbroken by a sound;

Till ... sudden peals of baby mirth

Wake all the echoes round.


'Tis here the children love to come,

On the bright sand to lie,

Or in the gleaming water hold

Their mimic revelry.


Oh, happy hearts! those gladsome day

Upon the golden shore

Will linger on in memory still,

A joy for evermore.