Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me 
As I gaze upon the sea! 
All the old romantic legends, 
All my dreams, come back to me. 
 
Sails of silk and ropes of sendal, 
Such as gleam in ancient lore; 
And the singing of the sailors, 
And the answer from the shore! 
 
Most of all, the Spanish ballad 
Haunts me oft, and tarries long, 
Of the noble Count Arnaldos 
And the sailor's mystic song. 
 
Like the long waves on a sea-beach, 
Where the sand as silver shines, 
With a soft monotonous cadence, 
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines: -- 
 
Telling how the Count Arnaldos, 
With his hawk upon his hand, 
Saw a fair and stately galley, 
Steering onward to the land; -- 
 
How he heard the ancient helmsman 
Chant a song so wild and clear, 
That the sailing sea-bird slowly 
Poised upon the mast to hear, 
 
Till his soul was full of longing, 
And he cried with impulse strong, -- 
Helmsman! for the love of heaven, 
Teach me, too, that wondrous song! 
 
Wouldst thou, so the helmsman answered, 
Learn the secrets of the sea? 
Only those who brave its dangers 
Comprehend its mystery! 
 
In each sail that skims the horizon, 
In each landward-blowing breeze, 
I behold that stately galley, 
Hear those mournful melodies; 
 
Till my soul is full of longing 
For the secret of the sea, 
And the heart of the great ocean 
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

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Boardwalk Empire:
Season:  5  / Episode:  8 
Eldorado

This Television Episode refers to The Secret of the Sea written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This poem is recited to the Commodore by a group of children

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