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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Listening to Music

By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)

WHEN on that joyful sea

Where billow on billow breaks; where swift waves follow

Waves, and hollow calls to hollow;

Where sea-birds swirl and swing,

And winds through the rigging shrill and sing;

Where night is one vast starless shade;

Where thy soul not afraid,

Though all alone unlonely,

Wanders and wavers, wavers wandering:—

On that accursèd sea

One moment only,

Forget one moment, Love, thy fierce content;

Back let thy soul be bent—

Think back, dear Love, O Love, think back to me!