In the profoundest ocean
there is a rainbow shell,
It is always there, shining most stilly
Under the greatest storm waves
That the old Greek called 'ripples of laughter."
As you listen, the rainbow shell
Sings-in the profoundest ocean.
It is always there, singing most silently!
There is something in being near the sea,
like the confines of eternity. It is a new
element, a pure abstraction.m The mind
loves to hover on that which is endless,
and forever the same.
I wonder at the sea, that vast Leviathan,
rolled round the earth, smiling in its sleep,
waked into fury, fathomless, boundless,
a huge world of water-drops -Whence is it,
whither goes it, is it of eternity or of nothing?
Sit in reverie and
the changing colour
of the waves
the idle seashore
of the mind.