From: The Secret of the Sea (1850) By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Southworth & Hawes c.1850.
Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, All my dreams, come back to me.
Sails of silk and ropes of sandal, Such as gleam in ancient lore; And the singing of the sailors, And the answer from the shore!
Most of all, the Spanish ballad Haunts me oft, and tarries long, Of the noble Count Arnaldos And the sailor’s mystic song.
Published in The Seaside and the Fireside, 1850