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Peace. A Study

Charles Stuart Calverley 1831 (Martley) – 1884

He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
  Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
  For forty years from dawn to dark —
  Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
  He felt the salt spray on his lips;
  Heard children's voices on the sands;
  Up the sun's path he saw the ships
  Sail on and on to other lands;
  And laugh'd aloud. Each sight and sound
  To him was joy too deep for tears;
  He sat him on the beach, and bound
  A blue bandana round his ears
  And thought how, posted near his door,
  His own green door on Camden Hill,
  Two bands at least, most likely more,
  Were mingling at their own sweet will
  Verdi with Vance. And at the thought
  He laugh'd again, and softly drew
  That Morning Herald that he'd bought
  Forth from his breast, and read it through.

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