March 17, 2018
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The Sound of the Sea

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Special to the BDN

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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) grew up in Portland, attended Bowdoin College and became one of the most widely read American poets ever. 



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