Hark, oh hark the elfin laughter
All the little waves along,
As if echoes speeding after
Mocked a merry merman’s song!
All the gulls are out, delighting
In a wild, uncharted quest
See the first red sunshine smiting
Silver sheen of wing and breast!
Ho, the sunrise rainbow-hearted
Steals athwart the misty brine,
And the sky where clouds have parted
Is a bowl of amber wine!
Sweet, its cradle-lilt partaking,
Dreams that hover o’er the sea,
But the lyric of its waking
Is a sweeter thing to me!
Who would drowze in dull devotion
To his ease when dark is done,
And upon its breast the ocean
Like a jewel wears the sun?
“Up, forsake a lazy pillow!”
Calls the sea from cleft and cave,
Ho, for antic wind and billow
When the morn is on the wave!