And the monsters vast of ages past,
They beheld in their ocean caves;
And saw them ride in their power and pride,
And sink to their billowy graves.
Thus hand in hand, from strand to strand,
They sail'd [sailed] in mirth and glee.
Those fairy shells, with their crystal cells,
Twin creatures of the sea.
But they came at last to a sea long past
And as they reach'd [reached] its shore
The Almighty's breath spake out in death,
And the Ammonite liv'd [lived] no more.
And the Nautilus now in its shelly prow,
As o'er [over] the deep it strays,
Still seems to seek in bay and creek,
Its companion of other days.
And thus do we, in life's stormy sea,
As we roam from shore to shore;
While tempest-tost, seek the lov'd [loved] - the lost,
And find them on earth no more!
[[G. F. Richardson]]
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