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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Shurton Bars
Written at Shurton Bars, near Bridgewater
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
AND hark, my love! The sea-breeze moans
Through yon reft house! O’er rolling stones
  In bold ambitious sweep,
  The onward-surging tides supply
The silence of the cloudless sky        5
  With mimic thunders deep.
 
Dark reddening from the channelled Isle
(Where stands one solitary pile
  Unslated by the blast),
The watchfire, like a sullen star,        10
Twinkles to many a dozing tar
  Rude cradled on the mast.
 
Even there—beneath that lighthouse tower—
In the tumultuous evil hour,
  Ere peace with Sara came,        15
Time was, I should have thought it sweet
To count the echoings of my feet
  And watch the storm-vexed flame.
 
And there in black soul-jaundiced fit,
A sad gloom-pampered man to sit,        20
  And listen to the roar:
When mountain surges bellowing deep
With an uncouth monster leap
  Plunged foaming on the shore.
 
Then by the lightning’s blaze to mark        25
Some toiling tempest-shattered bark;
  Her vain distress-guns hear;
And when a second sheet of light
Flashed o’er the blackness of the night,—
  To see no vessel there!
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