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Poetry Of The Sea

Campbell was a great lover of submarine prospects. "Often in my

boyhood," says the poet, "when the day has been bright and the sea

transparent, I have sat by the hour on a Highland rock admiring the

golden sands, the emerald weeds, and the silver shells at the bottom of

the bay beneath, till, dreaming about the grottoes of the Nereids, I

would not have exchanged my pleasure for that of a connoisseur poring

over a landscape by Claude or Poussin. Enchanting nature! thy beauty is

not only in heaven and earth, but in the waters under our feet. How

magnificent a medium of vision is the pellucid sea! Is it not like

poetry, that embellishes every object that we contemplate?"

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