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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Mawgan of Melhuach
 
Robert Stephen Hawker (1804–75)
 
 
’T WAS a fierce night when old Mawgan died,
Men shudder’d to hear the rolling tide:
The wreckers fled fast from the awful shore,
They had heard strange voices amid the roar.
 
  “Out with the boat there,” some one cried,—        5
  “Will he never come? we shall lose the tide:
His berth is trim and his cabin stor’d,
He ’s a weary long time coming on board.”
 
The old man struggled upon the bed:
He knew the words that the voices said;        10
Wildly he shriek’d as his eyes grew dim,
  “He was dead! he was dead! when I buried him.”
 
Hark yet again to the devilish roar,
  “He was nimbler once with a ship on shore;
Come! come! old man, ’t is a vain delay,        15
We must make the offing by break of day.”
 
Hard was the struggle, but at the last,
With a stormy pang old Mawgan past,
And away, away, beneath their sight,
Gleam’d the red sail at pitch of night.        20
 

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