Tom Day. an old hermit of eighty, is seated on a rock looking over the ocean. The words in the poem of Tennyson come to him: "Break. Break. Break, / At the foot of thy crags, oh sea, / But the tender grace of a day that is dead / Will never come back to me." As he watches the restless ocean his mind goes back to his young days. He sees himself a strong, stalwart youth, bidding good-bye to his mother, shouldering his pitchfork and going out to the fields. He sees his sweetheart, June, meet her father, Judge Moore, the wealthy landowner. His heart is given to this girl so far above him in worldly goods, but because of this difference in their station in life, does not declare his love. He knows that Dan Moore, a distant relative of June, loves her also, and knows that Dan is not worthy of her love. He sees his old grandfather laboring in the fields of Squire Moore, overcome with the heat and how little sympathy is shown by either Dan or the Squire. He bears the form of the old man to ...
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