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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
142. After the Storm
 
By Louis Lavater
 
 
AS children vex a lion in his cage
  Themselves secure, the doorway barred and locked,
So, Ocean! have I railed at thee, have mocked
With gibe and jeer thine ineffectual rage.
Ah, I was wrong! All those in every age        5
Who, weeping, at their prison-bars have knocked
I heard again when this huge bastion rocked
Before thee; and I learned their parentage.
 
And now thou’rt spent. No more a giant’s hand
Buffets the sounding rocks, but piteously        10
Thou rangest the low shore with feeble fret.
O God, it wellnigh breaks my heart to see
Those foamy fingers plucking at the strand
Like a sick woman’s at her coverlet!
 

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