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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX. 1876–79.

West Indies: Santa Cruz

The Outlook from Santa Cruz

By Sarah Bridges Stebbins

THE SHIPS are anchored in the bay,

The weary ships with haven won;

Encompassed by the purple waves

Beneath the brilliant tropic sun!

At last upon the summer sea,

Untossed, at rest, they quiet lie;

In idle case, scarce darkened o’er

By fleecy clouds in azure sky!

Far off upon the horizon’s verge

A white-sailed sloop speeds far from sight,

Like some glad bird whose outspread wings

Cleave straight into the realms of light!

It leaves behind the fair, green isle,

The waters rosy on the reef,

To seek a shore, o’er ocean gray,

Where Winter withers bud and leaf!

Like those moored vessels, worn with storms,

Now sheltered safe in harbor calm,

We too repose through glowing days

Beneath the shadow of the palm!

But ah! our thoughts are like the bark

That sweeps across the sounding main!

Love wafted from bright, softer clime

To our own land of cold and rain!