Many Voices

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Author: Edith Nesbit

Poem: Sea-Shells

I gathered shells upon the sand,
Each shell a little perfect thing,
So frail, yet potent to withstand
The mountain-waves’ wild buffeting.
Through storms no ship could dare to brave
The little shells float lightly, save
All that they might have lost of fine
Shape and soft colour crystalline.

Yet I amid the world’s wild surge
Doubt if my soul can face the strife,
The waves of circumstance that urge
That slight ship on the rocks of life.
O soul, be brave, for He who saves
The frail shell in the giant waves,
Will bring thy puny bark to land
Safe in the hollow of His hand.

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Chicago: Edith Nesbit, "Poem: Sea-Shells," Many Voices, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Many Voices (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI8B6IFTJ9WU113.

MLA: Nesbit, Edith. "Poem: Sea-Shells." Many Voices, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Many Voices, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 4 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI8B6IFTJ9WU113.

Harvard: Nesbit, E, 'Poem: Sea-Shells' in Many Voices, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Many Voices, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 4 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LI8B6IFTJ9WU113.