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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson. 1878–
 
94. Prelude
 
AS one, at midnight, wakened by the call 
Of golden-plovers in their seaward flight, 
Who lies and listens, as the clear notes fall 
Through tingling silence of the frosty night— 
Who lies and listens, till the last note fails,         5
And then, in fancy, faring with the flock 
Far over slumbering hills and dreaming dales, 
Soon hears the surges break on reef and rock; 
And, hearkening, till all sense of self is drowned 
Within the mightier music of the deep,  10
No more remembers the sweet piping sound 
That startled him from dull, undreaming sleep; 
So I, first waking from oblivion, heard, 
With heart that kindled to the call of song, 
The voice of young life, fluting like a bird,  15
And echoed that light lilting; till, ere long, 
Lured onward by that happy, singing-flight, 
I caught the stormy summons of the sea, 
And dared the restless deeps that, day and night, 
Surge with the life-song of humanity.  20
 
 
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