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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls

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    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls - Read by M. L. Cohen

    The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls
    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

    The tide rises, the tide falls,
    The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
    Along the sea-sands damp and brown
    The traveler hastens toward the town,
    And the tide rises, the tide falls.

    Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
    But the sea, the sea in darkness calls;
    The little waves, with their soft, white hands
    Efface the footprints in the sands,
    And the tide rises, the tide falls.

    The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
    Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
    The day returns, but nevermore
    Returns the traveller to the shore.
    And the tide rises, the tide falls.