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The Sea-Shell

The Sea-Shell is a poem that L.M. Montgomery published in an unidentified periodical, likely in early 1909, and was reprinted in the Evening Times of Grand Forks, North Dakota. It also appears in A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921.

This poem contains the line “A merry lilt o’ moonlight for mermaiden revelry!,” which is quoted in Rilla of Ingleside as being a line from a poem by Walter Blythe.

First Line

Where the old shores were purple a glossy sea-shell lying


Montgomery, L.M. “The Sea-Shell.” Unidentified periodical, ca. 1909.

Also in Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND), 20 January 1909, 7.

Also in A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894–1921, 68.

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