Cloudy Summer Sail by Ellie, age 14, Brookline MA USA

The Secret of the Sea
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (from Seaside and Fireside, 1850)

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.

Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;
And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!

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