by: George Sterling (1869-1926)
- HE stands
beside the ocean of the Past,
- A diver. Pearls and hydras can she bring,
- Shells for the child and crystals for the king.
- Prone on her reefs the sea-essaying mast
- And keels that dared the hurricane are cast--
- Trophies of tides invincible that swing
- Around the islands where the Sirens sing,
- The magic of whose song is hers at last.
- Some shadow of the glory she restores,
- Tho' wave and wind devour the Ships of Dream;
- For many mark her ere the fall of night,
- When the surf's sound is mighty on her shores,
- Singing, as wildly on her bosom gleam
- The sea-dews, and the rubies of the light.
POEMS BY GEORGE STERLING
"Memory" is reprinted
from The House of Orchids and Other Poems. George Sterling.
San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1911.