MY life is like a stroll upon the beach,
As near the ocean’€™s edge as I can go;
My tardy steps its waves sometimes o’€™erreach,
Sometimes I stay to let them overflow.
 
My sole employment is, and scrupulous care,
To place my gains beyond the reach of tides,'€”
Each smoother pebble, and each shell more rare,
Which Ocean kindly to my hand confides.
 
I have but few companions on the shore:
They scorn the strand who sail upon the sea;
Yet oft I think the ocean they’€™ve sailed o’€™er
Is deeper known upon the strand to me.
 
The middle sea contains no crimson dulse,
Its deeper waves cast up no pearls to view;
Along the shore my hand is on its pulse,
And I converse with many a shipwrecked crew.

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