A Celebration of Women Writers

"The Wife From The Sea." by Norah M. Holland (1876-1925)
From: Spun-Yarn And Spindrift. by Norah M. Holland. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1918, p. 29.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

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I SNATCHED her from her home away–
  From her great waters, cool and free,
My sea-maid, in whose eyes there lay
  The depths and dangers of the sea.

I brought her where faint breezes sweep
  Through lanes walled in with hedges high,
And sown with luscious grass and deep
  At ease the fatted pastures lie.

I gave her my poor cottage home,
  The tame face of the countryside–
Who knew the waves' withdrawing foam,
  The thunder of the bursting tide.

And day by day did I rejoice
  To see her sit beside my door,
Nor knew that in her heart the voice
  Of ocean called forever more.

Until the grace I would not give
  Death gave. His mighty hand set free
My wild sea-maid, that could not live
  Without her waters' liberty.

And I –To me the fields are dear;
  The steadfast earth is home to me.
Yet night by night in dreams I hear
  Her spirit call me from the sea.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom