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Nov 1 1824
From: [Adams Female Academy,1 Londonderry, New Hampshire]

The Ocean

Hail mighty ocean in thy calm repose
Most beauteous, yet sublime; rolling thy waves
Majestic far beyond the utmost stretch
Of keenest vision; fit emblem art thou
Of eternity. Oft have I sat gazing
On thy tranquil greatness, till my soul
Absorbed in holy contemplation, roared
Above earthly things, to him, thy Maker.
But thy bosom tranquil now, and beautiful,
I have seen heaving with angry tumult,
And I've heard the roar of thy voice terrific
While thy imperious surge thou liftedst
Mountain on mountain high, bearing aloft
The trembling Pilot's noble bark creaking
Beneath the fury of thy main. Nor fear,
Nor oath profane, nor humblest prayer,
Could quell the tumult of thy rage
Till He whose hand meted out thy waves
Spake the word, and hushed to peace.

1 For a note on Adams Female Academy, and on Margarette Barker Lerned, see W1100.

2 The poem is in Margarette Lerned's handwriting. It is not know if she composed it. In the upper left-hand corner she has written "No. 2" and crossed it out and replaced it with "No. 7."

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