When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d, And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night, I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. —Walt Whitman
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Just before noon Thursday morning, the Gay Head Light began to depart the spot where it has stood for 159 years. The Island’s oldest lighthouse is now headed for a new home about 175 feet from the eroding clay cliffs to the west.