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The Chambered Nautilus

This
is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,
Sails the unshadowed main,–
The venturous bark that flings
On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings
In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,
And coral reefs lie bare,
Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair.

Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;
Wrecked is the ship of pearl!
And every chambered cell,
Where its dim dreaming life was wont to dwell,
As the frail tenant shaped his growing shell,
Before thee lies revealed,–
Its irised ceiling rent, its sunless crypt unsealed!

Year after year beheld the silent toil
That spread his lustrous coil;
Still, as the spiral grew,
He left the past year’s dwelling for the new,
Stole with soft step its shining archway through,
Built up its idle door,
Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more.

Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,
Child of the wandering sea,
Cast from her lap, forlorn!
From thy dead lips a clearer note is born
Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn;
While on mine ear it rings,
Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:–

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)


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55 and still alive. One more year for a Bachelors in graphic design, hope I live long enough to pay back my student loans...

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John-Tansey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, sorry for the late reply
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LethargicLink Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely. Enjoy! 
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome sir!
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Happy Birthday Emote by mattdanna  John :iconwineplz: Hope you day is extra special :iconballoonsplz:
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John-Tansey Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you much
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John-Tansey Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you much
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John-Tansey Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you much
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John-Tansey Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your thoughts
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LethargicLink Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday, John! I hope you have a great day!
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!!
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