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"A Name in The Sand" by Hannah F. Gould

A Name in the Sand

Alone I walked 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 spot I passed
One lingering look behind I cast,
A wave came rolling high and fast,
            And washed my lines away.
And as methought ‘twill shortly be
With every mark on earth from me:
A wave of dark oblivion’s sea
            Will sweep across the place
Where I have trod the sandy shore
Of Time, and been to be no more,
Of me _ my day_ the name I bore,
            To leave nor track nor trace.
And You with Him who counts the sands,
And holds the waters in his hands
 I know a lasting record stands
            Inscribed against my name,
Of all this mortal part has wrought;
Of all this thinking soul has thought
And from these fleeting moments caught
            For glory or for shame.
                                   Hannah F. Gould.

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