An Ocean Prayer
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An Ocean Prayer.
- I pray to the Ocean, salt and grand,
- To send me a woman to mate my mind,
- To be my sea as I her land,
- A world together with heaven to bind.
- An ocean-woman of kindred thought,
- With brain-waves beating with mine in rhyme,
- And a Gulf-Stream heart of love, full-fraught,
- Glowing to warm my mental clime.
- Bathing my coasts in a beautiful sea,
- Cleansing, caressing, cheering me on,
- With deep proud tides of sympathy
- For the work I do, that I have done.
- A woman indeed, whose sea-like soul
- Flows 'round the world in a wide embrace,
- With great-heart billows that break and roll
- On every shore of the human race.
- Whose generous stream holds every keel,
- And mirrors the glory of every sky,
- Whose depths go down to think and feel
- As deep as my peaks rise heavenward high.
- O beautiful Ocean, salt and strong,
- Mother and lover of every shore,
- Send me this woman for whom I long,
- That my lonely brain may thirst no more.
J. William Lloyd.
- J. William Lloyd, “An Ocean Prayer,” Free Society 10, no. 23 (June 7, 1903): 1.