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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
VII. The Sea
The Wreck
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
From “Don Juan,” Canto II.

THEN rose from sea to sky the wild farewell—
Then shrieked the timid, and stood still the brave,—
Then some leaped overboard with dreadful yell,
  As eager to anticipate their grave;
And the sea yawned around her like a hell,        5
  And down she sucked with her the whirling wave,
Like one who grapples with his enemy,
And strives to strangle him before he die.
 
And first one universal shriek there rushed,
  Louder than the loud ocean, like a crash        10
Of echoing thunder; and then all was hushed,
  Save the wild wind and the remorseless dash
Of billows; but at intervals there gushed,
  Accompanied with a convulsive splash,
A solitary shriek, the bubbling cry        15
Of some strong swimmer in his agony.
 
 
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