Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.

In the Harbor

Four by the Clock

  • “Nahant, September 8, 1880, four o’clock in the morning.”

  • FOUR by the clock! and yet not day;

    But the great world rolls and wheels away,

    With its cities on land, and its ships at sea,

    Into the dawn that is to be!

    Only the lamp in the anchored bark

    Sends its glimmer across the dark,

    And the heavy breathing of the sea

    Is the only sound that comes to me.