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Harold Dunser United States (5/5/2012 8:55:00 PM)

I'm looking for an inspirational poem variously attributed to Henry Van Dyke and Bishop Charles Brent. It is often heard at funerals.
It begins " I am standing on the seashore..." and describes a ship vanishing on the horizon, and people nearby lamenting " She is gone! " while on another shore people are gathered and saying, " Here she comes! " I have done an exhaustive web search for the origin of these lines, and while they often appear on various websites, there is no convincing proof of first authorship for anybody.

I am trying to determine where it first appeared, who the actual author is, and whether there is a copyright on it (I hope to cite it in a book) . Any help would be appreciated! !

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  • Laura Burns (5/6/2012 9:27:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    For sure it is out of copyright as it first appeared before 1904. Here is some research about the authorship:
    http://www.gavroche.org/vhugo/toilersdeath.shtml

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    • Harold Dunser (5/7/2012 8:12:00 PM) Post reply

      Thanks for your help! It's in public domain now, no matter who wrote it, I guess...

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