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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
LIX. The star-filled seas are smooth to-night
 
The Isle of Portland
 
 
THE STAR-FILLED seas are smooth to-night
  From France to England strown;
Black towers above the Portland light
  The felon-quarried stone.
 
On yonder island, not to rise,        5
  Never to stir forth free,
Far from his folk a dead lad lies
  That once was friends with me.
 
Lie you easy, dream you light,
  And sleep you fast for aye;        10
And luckier may you find the night
  Than ever you found the day.
 

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