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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Coves of Crail
 
William Sharp (1855–1905)
 
 
THE MOON-WHITE waters wash and leap,
  The dark tide floods the Coves of Crail;
Sound, sound he lies in dreamless sleep,
  Nor hears the sea-wind wail.
 
The pale gold of his oozy locks        5
  Doth hither drift and thither wave;
His thin hands plash against the rocks,
  His white lips nothing crave.
 
Afar away she laughs and sings—
  A song he loved, a wild sea-strain—        10
Of how the mermen weave their rings
  Upon the reef-set main.
 
Sound, sound he lies in dreamless sleep,
  Nor hears the sea-wind wail,
Though with the tide his white hands creep        15
  Amid the Coves of Crail.
 

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