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Poem Title:  Sea-Gifts

Poem Category:  Nature Poems

Poet:  Victor James Daley

Poet Biography: 
Victor James Daley (1858-1905)was an Australian poet.

He was born at the Navan, County Armagh, Ireland, and was educated at the Christian Brothers at Devonport in England. Arriving in Australia in 1878 as a freelance journalist and writer. He died in Sydney of tuberculosis in 1905.

Using the pseudonym Creeve Roe as well as his own name all of his poems were published after his death.

Give thou a gift to me from thy treasure-house, O sea! Said a red-lipped laughing girl while the summer yet was young; and the sea laughed back and flung at her feet a priceless pearl. Give thou a gift to me from thy treasure-house, O sea! Said the maiden once again on a night of wind and rain. Like a ghost the moon above her stared through winding-sheets of cloud. On the sand in sea-weed shroud, Lay the pale corpse of her lover. Which is better, gain or loss? Which is nobler, crown or cross? We shall know these things, maybe, when the dead rise from the sea.

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