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THE CASTLE BY THE SEA.

Hast thou the castle seen,
The high keep by the sea?
Of rosy-golden sheen
The clouds that o'er it be.

'Twould stoop to a sweet drowning
In the glass-clear flood below;
'Twould climb to a proud crowning
With the evening sunlight's glow.

“I have the castle seen,
The high keep by the sea;
And the moon above it lean,
And mist spread drearily.”

The breeze and the billows bounding,
Were they blithe as they swept along?
Were the lofty halls resounding
With music and festal song?

“The waves no more rebounded,
The winds, as weary, slept;
With a wail the halls resounded,
I listened—and I wept.”

Didst see on their lieges loyal
The king and the queen look down,—
The wave of the purple royal,
The flash of the golden crown?

Proud led they forth no daughter,
No maiden passing fair
As sunlight on the water,—
Gleaming in golden hair?

“Parents twain—no crown adorning
Brow dark with sorrow's blot—
I beheld, in robes of mourning—
The maiden saw I not.

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