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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Upon the Shore
 
Robert Seymour Bridges (1844–1930)
 
 
WHO has not walk’d upon the shore,
And who does not the morning know,
The day the angry gale is o’er,
The hour the wind has ceas’d to blow?
 
The horses of the strong southwest        5
Are pastur’d round his tropic tent,
Careless how long the ocean’s breast
Sob on and sigh for passion spent.
 
The frighten’d birds, that fled inland
To house in rock and tower and tree,        10
Are gathering on the peaceful strand,
To tempt again the sunny sea;
 
Whereon the timid ships steal out
And laugh to find their foe asleep,
That lately scatter’d them about,        15
And drave them to the fold like sheep.
 
The snow-white clouds he northward chas’d
Break into phalanx, line, and band:
All one way to the south they haste,
The south, their pleasant fatherland.        20
 
From distant hills their shadows creep,
Arrive in turn and mount the lea,
And flit across the downs, and leap
Sheer off the cliff upon the sea;
 
And sail and sail far out of sight.        25
And still I watch their fleecy trains,
That, piling all the south with light,
Dapple in France the fertile plains.
 

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