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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
 
Various Islands: St. Helena
Passing St. Helena
Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
 
AND this is St. Helena? This the spot
Haunted forever by an Emperor!
Methinks ’t were meet that such a royal ghost
Should pace these gloomy battlements by night!
—The ship veered off, and we passed out to sea:        5
And in the first fair moonrise of the month,
I watched the island, till it seemed a speck
No bigger than Astarte. Year by year,
The picture came and went upon my brain,
Like frost-work on the windows: in my dreams        10
I saw those jagged turrets of dull rock
Uplifted in the moonlight; saw the gulls
Darting in sudden circles; heard the low
And everlasting anthem of the sea!
And from the nether world a voice would come,        15
Here did they bring the Corsican, and here
Died the chained eagle by these dismal cliffs!
 
 
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