- Year Published: 1920
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Merrick, G. E. (1920). Songs of the wind on a southern shore, and other poems of florida. The Four Seas Publishing Co.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
- Word Count: 115
Merrick, G. (1920). “Gulf Stream Phosphorescence”. Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved February 28, 2015, from
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George E. Merrick, "“Gulf Stream Phosphorescence”," Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida, Lit2Go Edition, (1920), accessed February 28, 2015,.
Now night has encompassed the far-fading sea
Where her garbing of death smother low.
The prow of our ship through the black mystery
Unbares the live silver below.
In the wake of our way a treasure vein gleams:
White cataracts streaming of lights:
And cascading jewels of barbaric dreams:
Old wealth of Arabian Nights’.
And now as I look, star galaxies glow:
—Of universe born for a breath;—
And constellar systems in wild orbits, go
On the instant of birth to their death.
And trillion aged planets above me there are:
Yet, these phosphorous worlds are a sign
That more brief is the span of the longest-lived star,
—Compared with mine.