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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
My Grief on the Sea
By Douglas Hyde (1860–1949)
 
From the Irish

MY grief on the sea,
  How the waves of it roll!
For they heave between me
  And the love of my soul!
 
Abandon’d, forsaken,        5
  To grief and to care,
Will the sea ever waken
  Relief from despair?
 
My grief and my trouble!
  Would he and I were        10
In the province of Leinster,
  Or County of Clare!
 
Were I and my darling—
  O heart-bitter wound!—
On board of the ship        15
  For America bound.
 
On a green bed of rushes
  All last night I lay,
And I flung it abroad
  With the heat of the day.        20
 
And my Love came behind me,
  He came from the South;
His breast to my bosom,
  His mouth to my mouth.
 
 
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