The Sea Spirit

A remembrance poem by Madison Julius Cawein, suitable for a religious or non-religious funeral reading or eulogy.

The Sea Spirit

Ah me! I shall not waken soon

From dreams of such divinity!

A spirit singing 'neath the moon

To me.


Wild sea-spray driven of the storm

Is not so wildly white as she,

Who beckoned with a foam-white arm

To me.


With eyes dark green, and golden-green

Long locks that rippled drippingly,

Out of the green wave she did lean

To me.


And sang; till Earth and Heaven seemed

A far, forgotten memory,

And more than Heaven in her who gleamed

On me.


Sleep, sweeter than love's face or home;

And death's immutability;

And music of the plangent foam,

For me!


Sweep over her! with all thy ships,

With all thy stormy tides, O sea!

The memory of immortal lips

For me!


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