- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 52
Dunbar, P. (1913). On a Clean Book (To F.N.). Lyrics of Love and Laughter (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved October 31, 2014, from
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. "On a Clean Book (To F.N.)." Lyrics of Love and Laughter. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. October 31, 2014.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, "On a Clean Book (To F.N.)," Lyrics of Love and Laughter, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed October 31, 2014,.
Like sea–washed sand upon the shore,
So fine and clean the tale,
So clear and bright I almost see,
The flashing of a sail.
The tang of salt is in its veins,
The freshness of the spray
God give you love and lore and strength,
To give us such alway.