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Rupert Brooke (1887–1915).  Collected Poems. 1916.
  
V. The South Seas
10. Waikiki
  
WARM perfumes like a breath from vine and tree
  Drift down the darkness. Plangent, hidden from eyes,
  Somewhere an eukaleli thrills and cries
And stabs with pain the night’s brown savagery.
And dark scents whisper; and dim waves creep to me,        5
  Gleam like a woman’s hair, stretch out, and rise;
  And new stars burn into the ancient skies,
Over the murmurous soft Hawaian sea.
  
And I recall, lose, grasp, forget again,
  And still remember, a tale I have heard, or known,       10
An empty tale, of idleness and pain,
  Of two that loved—or did not love—and one
Whose perplexed heart did evil, foolishly,
A long while since, and by some other sea.

WAIKIKI, 1913.

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