I dwell in the western inland,
    Afar from the sounding sea,
But I seem to hear it sobbing
    And calling aloud to me,
And my heart cries out for the ocean
    As a child for its mother's breast,
And I long to lie on its waters
    And be lulled in its arms to rest.

I can close my eyes and fancy
    That I hear its mighty roar,
And I see its blue waves splashing
    And plunging against the shore;
And the white foam caps the billow,
    And the sea-gulls wheel and cry,
And the cool wild wind is blowing,
    And the ships go sailing by.

Oh, wonderful, mighty ocean!
    When shall I ever stand,
Where my heart has gone already,
    There on thy gleaming strand!
When shall I ever wander
    Away from this inland west,
And stand by thy side, dear ocean,
    And rock on thy heaving breast?

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.

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