Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | October 1, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: The Sound of the Sea

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882).

 

The Sound of the Sea

 

The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,

And round the pebbly beaches far and wide

I heard the first wave of the rising tide

Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;

A voice out of the silence of the deep,                                       5

A sound mysteriously multiplied

As of a cataract from the mountain’s side,

Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.

So comes to us at times, from the unknown

And inaccessible solitudes of being,                                          10

The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;

And inspirations, that we deem our own,

Are some divine foreshadowing and foreseeing

Of things beyond our reason or control.

 

Notes:

http://www.nps.gov/long/

http://www.hwlongfellow.org/

 

 

 


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