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  Why do I see these empty boats, sailing on airy seas? 
  One haunted me the whole night long, swaying with every breeze,
  Returning always near the eaves, or by the skylight glass: 
  There it will wait me many weeks, and then, at last, will pass. 
  Each soul is haunted by a ship in which that soul might ride
  And climb the glorious mysteries of Heaven’s silent tide
  In voyages that change the very metes and bounds of Fate
  O empty boats, we all refuse, that by our windows wait!