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The sea is flowing ever,
  The land retains it never.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Hikmet Nameh--Book of Proverbs

Alone I walked on the ocean strand,
  A pearly shell was in my hand;
    I stooped, and wrote upon the sand
      My name, the year, the day.
        As onward from the sport I passed,
          One lingering look behind I cast,
            A wave came rolling high and fast,
              And washed my lines away.
      - Hannah Flagg Gould, A Name in the Sand

Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
  The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 14)

The free
  Mighty, music-haunted sea.
      - Anna Katharine Green

And evermore the waters worship God;--
  And bards and prophets tune their mystic lyres
    While listening to the music of the waves!
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowells of the earth, many a fair pearle in the bosome of the sea, that never was seene nor never shall bee.
      - Joseph Hall, Contemplations--Veil of Moses
         (I, VI, p. 872)

The sea appears all golden
  Beneath the sun-lit sky.
      - Heinrich Heine,
        Book of Songs--New Poems--Seraphina
         (no. 15)

The breaking waves dashed high
  On a stern and rock-bound coast;
    And the woods against a stormy sky,
      Their giant branches toss'd.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans,
        Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

Praise the Sea, but keepe on land.
  [Praise the sea, but keep on land.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

The sea drowns out humanity and time. It has no sympathy with either, for it belongs to eternity; and of that it sings its monotonous song forever and ever.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Of the loud resounding sea.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. IX, 182)

Whilst breezy waves toss up their silvery spray.
      - Thomas Hood, Ode to the Moon

Quoth the Ocean, "Dawn! O fairest, clearest,
  Touch me with thy golden fingers bland;
    For I have no smile till thou appearest
      For the lovely land."
      - Jean Ingelow, Winstanley--The Apology

Come o'er the moonlit sea,
  The waves are brightly glowing.
      - Charles Jefferys (Jeffreys or Jeffries),
        The Moonlit Sea

Love the sea? I dote upon it--from the beach.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Jerrold's Wit--The Anglo-French Alliance

Tut! the best thing I know between France and England is the sea.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Specimen of Jerrold's Wit--Love of the Sea

But I have sinuous shells of pearly hue;
  . . . .
    Shake one, and it awakens; then apply
      Its polished lips to your attentive ear,
        And it remembers its august abodes,
          And murmurs as the ocean murmurs there.
      - Walter Savage Landor, Gebir (bk. V)

Past are three summers since she first beheld
  The ocean; all around the child await
    Some exclamation of amazement here:
      She coldly said, her long-lasht eyes abased,
        Is this the mighty ocean? is this all?
      - Walter Savage Landor, Gebir (bk. V)

The land is dearer for the sea,
  The ocean for the shore.
      - Lucy Larcom, On the Beach (st. 11)

The hollow sea-shell, which for years hath stood
  On dusty shelves, when held against the ear
    Proclaims its stormy parent, and we hear
      The faint, far murmur of the breaking flood.
        We hear the sea. The Sea? It is the blood
          In our own veins, impetuous and near.
      - Eugene J. Lee-Hamilton,
        Sonnet--Sea-shell Murmurs

"Would'st thou,"--so the helmsman answered,
  "Learn the secret of the sea?
    Only those who brave its dangers
      Comprehend its mystery!"
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Secret of the Sea (st. 8)

It is a pleasure for to sit at ease
  Upon the land, and safely for to see
    How other folks are tossed on the seas
      That with the blustering winds turmoiled be.
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        translated from Amyot's "Introduction to Plutarch" by Sir Thomas North (1579)

Wave rolling after wave in torrent rapture.
      - John Milton

Rich and various gems inlay
  The unadorned bosom of the deep.
      - John Milton, Comus (22)

Distinct as the billows, yet one as the sea.
      - James Montgomery, The Ocean (st. 6)

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