Birds of Passage: Flight The Third

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Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Sound of the Sea

The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;
A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain’s side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

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Chicago: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Sound of the Sea," Birds of Passage: Flight The Third, ed. Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962- in The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CK9HMXAIHQ7QWI4.

MLA: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. "The Sound of the Sea." Birds of Passage: Flight The Third, edited by Callaway, Morgan, Jr., 1962-, in The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CK9HMXAIHQ7QWI4.

Harvard: Longfellow, HW, 'The Sound of the Sea' in Birds of Passage: Flight The Third, ed. . cited in 1850, The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CK9HMXAIHQ7QWI4.