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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
 
Australia: Arakoon, the Mountain
Arakoon
Henry Kendall (1839–1882)
 
(Excerpt)

LO, in storms, the triple-headed
      Hill, whose dreaded
Bases battle with the seas,
Looms across fierce widths of fleeting
      Waters beating        5
Evermore on roaring leas!
 
Arakoon, the black, the lonely!
      Housed with only
Cloud and rain-wind, mist and damp:
Round whose foam-drenched feet, and nether        10
      Depths, together
Sullen sprites of thunder tramp!
 
There the East hums loud and surly,
      Late and early,
Through the chasms and the caves;        15
And across the naked verges
      Leap the surges!
White and wailing waifs of waves.
 
Day by day, the sea-fogs gathered—
      Tempest-fathered—        20
Pitch their tents on yonder peak!
Yellow drifts and fragments, lying
      Where the flying
Torrents chafe the cloven creek!
*        *        *        *        *
Ever girt about with noises,        25
      Stormy voices,
And the salt breath of the strait,
Stands the steadfast Mountain Giant,
      Grim, reliant,
Dark as Death, and firm as Fate!        30
 
 
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