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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Tynemouth
Written at Tynemouth, Northumberland, after a Tempestuous Voyage
William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
 
AS slow I climb the cliff’s ascending side,
Much musing on the track of terror past,
When o’er the dark wave rode the howling blast,
Pleased I look back, and view the tranquil tide
That laves the pebbled shore; and now the beam        5
Of evening smiles on the gray battlement,
And yon forsaken tower that time has rent;—
The lifted oar far off with silver gleam
Is touched, and hushed is all the billowy deep!
Soothed by the scene, thus on tired Nature’s breast        10
A stillness slowly steals, and kindred rest;
While sea-sounds lull her, as she sinks to sleep,
Like melodies which mourn upon the lyre,
Waked by the breeze, and, as they mourn, expire!
 
 
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