Seaside Thoughts


   

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Words by Bernard Bartram

Composed 1857 - Published 1904

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Beautiful, sublime and glorious,
Wild, majestic, foaming free,
Over time itself victorious,
Image of eternity.
Sun and moon and stars shine o'er thee,
See thy surface ebb and flow;
Yet, attempt not to explore thee
In thy soundless depths below,
Yet, attempt not to explore thee
In thy soundless depths below.

Sun and moon and stars shine o'er thee,
See thy surface ebb and flow;
Yet, attempt not to explore thee
In thy soundless depths below.

Whether morning's splendours steep thee
With the rainbow's glowing grace,
Tempests rouse or navies sweep thee,
'Tis but for a moment's space.
Earth, her valleys and her mountains,
Mortal man's behests obey,
The unfathomable fountains
Scoff his search and scorn his sway,
The unfathomable fountains
Scoff his search and scorn his sway.

Earth, her valleys and her mountains,
Mortal man's behests obey,
The unfathomable fountains
Scoff his search and scorn his sway.

Such thou art stupendous ocean!
But if overwhelm'd by thee,
Can we think without emotion,
What must thy Creator be!

Such thou art stupendous ocean!
But if overwhelm'd by thee,
Can we think without emotion,
What must thy Creator be!

Can we think without emotion,
What must thy Creator be!

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