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THE DISCOVERER OF THE NORTH CAPE. 393
For the walrus or the whale,
"The days grew longer and longer,
Of the red midnight sun.
"And then uprose before me,
Whose form is like a wedge.
"The sea was rough and stormy,
But onward still I sailed.
"Four days I steered to eastward,
Here Alfred, King of the Saxons,
But Othere, the old sea-captain,
He neither paused nor stirred, Till the King listened, and then Once more took up his pen,
And wrote down every word.
394 THE DISCOVERER OF THE NORTH CAPE
"And now the land," said Othere,
"And there we hunted the walrus,
Flew our harpoons of steel.
"There were six of us all together,
In two days and no more
Here Alfred the Truth-Teller
And Othere the old sea-captain
Stared at him wild and weird,
His tawny, quivering beard.
And to the King of the Saxons,
Raising his noble head,
He stretched his brown hand, and said, "Behold this walrus-tooth !"
A WIND came up out of the sea,
It hailed the ships, and cried, "Sail on,
And hurried landward far away,
It said unto the forest, "Shout!
It touched the wood-bird's folded wing,
And o'er the farms, "O chanticleer,
It whispered to the fields of corn,
It shouted through the belfry-tower,
It crossed the churchyard with a sigh,
396 THE FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF AGASSIZ.
THE FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY OF AGASSIZ MAY 28, 1857.
It was fifty years ago
In the pleasant month of May,
And Nature, the old nurse, took
"Come, wander with me," she said,
And he wandered away and away
With Nature, the dear old nurse,
The rhymes of the universe.
And whenever the way seemed long,
So she keeps him still a child,
Though at times he hears in his dreams
And the mother at home says,
COME to me, O ye children!
Ye open the eastern windows,
In your hearts are the birds and the sunshine, In your thoughts the brooklet's flow,
But in mine is the wind of Autumn
And the first fall of the snow.
Ah! what would the world be to us
What the leaves are to the forest,
That to the world are children ;
Through them it feels the glow Of a brighter and sunnier climate
Than reaches the trunks below.