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To ---- VII (Botta)

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        Upon the sea of life,
            Outspread thy spirit's sails; --
        Go in thy genius forth, and breast
            Its billows and its gales.
 
        Weigh anchor and depart --
            Why linger on the shore?
        Seize helm and guide thy spirit's bark
            These untried waters o'er.
 
        Dread only the dead calm,
            Heed not the sky's dark frown;
        And if to shipwreck thou art doomed,
            Go in the tempest down.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.