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DAVID MORTON - POEM SIGNED - HFSID 184001

He signs his two-stanza poem, "Old Ships". Poem signed: "David Morton", 1 page, 7¼x 9. Full typed text of his poem, "Old Ships". Pencil note (unknown hand) erroneously identifies the signer as Daniel Morton.

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DAVID MORTON
He signs his two-stanza poem, "Old Ships".
Poem signed: "David Morton", 1 page, 7¼x 9. Full typed text of his poem, "Old Ships". Pencil note (unknown hand) erroneously identifies the signer as Daniel Morton. In full: "There is a memory stays upon old ships,/A weightless cargo in the musty hold, --/Of bright lagoons and prow-caressing lips,/Of stormy midnights,--and a tale untold./They have remembered islands in the dawn,/And windy capes that tried their slender spars,/And tortuous channels where their keels have gone,/And calm blue nights of stillness and the stars./Ah, never think that ships forget a shore,/Or bitter seas, or winds that made them wise;/There is a dream upon them, evermore;/And there be some who say that sunk ships rise/To seek familiar harbors in the night,/Blowing in mists, their spectral sails like light." David Morton (1886-1957) published four volumes of poetry between 1920 and 1945, along with a book of criticism. He edited two anthologies. Many of his poems were published in Harper's magazine. Morton taught English at Amherst. "Old Ships" was honored with inclusion in Louis Untermeyer's Modern American Poetry (1921). Corners worn. Toned along bottom edge. Light surface creasing. Otherwise, fine condition.

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