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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
566. Glengariff
 
Sir Aubrey De Vere (1788–1846)
 
 
I

GAZING from each low bulwark of this bridge,
  How wonderful the contrast! Dark as night,
  Here, amid cliffs and woods, with headlong might
The black stream whirls, through ferns and drooping sedge,
’Neath twisted roots moss-brown, and weedy ledge,        5
  Gushing;—aloft, from yonder birch-clad height
  Leaps into air a cataract, snow-white;
Falling to gulfs obscure. The mountain ridge,
Like a grey Warder, guardian of the scene,
  Above the cloven gorge gloomily towers:        10
  O’er the dim woods a gathering tempest lours;
Save where athwart the moist leaves’ lucid green
  A sunbeam, glancing through disparted showers,
Sparkles along the rill with diamond sheen!
 
II

A sun-burst on the Bay! Turn and behold!
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  The restless waves, resplendent in their glory,
  Sweep glittering past yon purpled promontory,
Bright as Apollo’s breastplate. Bathed in gold,
Yon bastioned islet gleams. Thin mists are rolled,
  Translucent, through each glen. A mantle hoary        20
  Veils those peaked hills shapely as e’er in story
Delphic, or Alpine, or Vesuvian old,
Minstrels have sung. From rock and headland proud
  The wild wood spreads its arms around the bay:
    The manifold mountain cones, now dark, now bright,        25
    Now seen, now lost, alternate from rich light
To spectral shade; and each dissolving cloud
  Reveals new mountains while it floats away.
 

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