On A Clean Book

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On A Clean Book
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.


        ON A CLEAN BOOK

            TO F. N.

Like sea-washed sand upon the shore,
  So fine and clean the tale,
So clear and bright I almost see,
  The flashing of a sail.

The tang of salt is in its veins,
  The freshness of the spray
God give you love and lore and strength,
  To give us such alway.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.