Break, Break, Break

Break, break, break,
        On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
        The thoughts that arise in me.
O, well for the fisherman’s boy,
        That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
        That he sings in his boat on the bay!
And the stately ships go on
        To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanish’d hand,
        And the sound of a voice that is still!
Break, break, break
        At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
        Will never come back to me.
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