The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.
The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.
Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity.
The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Ocean, 1825
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote “The Ocean” in 1825 at the age of 21. His father,
a sea captain, died at sea when Nathaniel was only 4 years old.