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RICHARD H. DANA.
This great poet was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1787, and was educated at Harvard College. He studied law in Baltimore, and after practising a short time in the courts, turned his attention to literature. In 1833 appeared his “ Poems and Prose Writings," in one volume; and he has since published a few pieces in the periodicals. Mr. Dana's works are of the first rank in literary art, and they are pervaded by a profoundly religious and philosophical spirit.
ISLAND OF THE BUCANIERS.
The island lies nine leagues away.
Along its solitary shore,
No sound but ocean's roar,
And on the glassy, heaving sea,
Sits swinging silently;
The brook comes tinkling down its side ;
Rings cheerful, far and wide,
In former days within the vale ;
Curses were on the gale ;
Now stretch your eye off shore, o'er waters made To cleanse the air and bear the world's great trade, To rise, and wet the mountains near the sun, Then back into themselves in rivers run, Fulfilling mighty uses far and wide, Through earth, in air, or here, as ocean-tide.
Ho! how the giant heaves himself, and strains And flings to break his strong and viewless chains ; Foams in his wrath ; and at his prison doors, Hark! hear him! how he beats and tugs and roars, As if he would break forth again, and sweep Each living thing within his lowest deep.
Type of the Infinite ! I look away
And though the land is thronged again, O Sea!