- 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: 247
Merrick, G. (1920). “From the Old Dyke”. Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved August 16, 2022, from
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George E. Merrick, "“From the Old Dyke”," Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida, Lit2Go Edition, (1920), accessed August 16, 2022,.
When I was young I always dreamed that Life was Long.
...There was a dyke I often climbed:—to hear the song
Of Sea;—to feel on my hot cheek its breath blow free
—And dream of Life; and things that Were to Be.
My spirit roamed so far! To me that View
Stretched wide to endless shore. Upon its magic blue
I felt my self:...And mine—its wealth of storied song,
—And space and time that but to changeless stars belong!
Upon that dyke I always dreamed that Life was Long!
Flowing swiftly twenty surging
Southern landscapes mould my being.
(Northern visions always seeing—
Would they have yielded Larger Living?
Who can know!)
On Plymouth dyke I always dreamed that Life was Long!
And I am grown!—Again I came to view
The glowing greens: the magic Blue.
...Two easy steps; and I had climbed the dyke!—And then there lay
A scanty shore:—a tiny bay:...not blue—but gray.
The self-same dyke where I had dreamed that Life was Long!
My heart went faint and shrank in me. My cold cheek, too,
THe dry hot wind oppressed:—as did the meager view
My sorrowed soul: ... Where of old rode ships of storied song
Ebbed now the sere sea-weed…
...And I have now no time to do
What I had hoped:—
...When once I dreamed that Life was Long.