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Herman Melville - The Maldive Shark

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,
How alert in attendance be.
From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of maw,
They have nothing of harm to dread,
But liquidly glide on his ghastly flank
Or before his Gorgonian head;
Or lurk in the port of serrated teeth
In white triple tiers of glittering gates,
And there find a haven when peril's abroad,
An asylum in jaws of the Fates!
They are friends; and friendly they guide him to prey,
Yet never partake of the treat --
Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull,
Pale ravener of horrible meat. 

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Poet: Herman Melville
Poem: The Maldive Shark

Comment 2 of 2, added on July 19th, 2011 at 10:50 AM.
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I sercaehd a bunch of sites and this was the best.

Datherine from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 1 of 2, added on September 20th, 2005 at 10:52 PM.

It is really old but makes upfor age with it's great story line

Chris from Australia

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