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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - 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,
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,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine of foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: The Sound of the Sea
Volume: Birds Of Passage
Poem of the Day: Jun 18 2007

Comment 2 of 2, added on September 22nd, 2011 at 9:25 PM.


Juan from Botswana
Comment 1 of 2, added on July 12th, 2005 at 8:22 PM.

Thru his excellent detailed imagery the dude personifies feelings about the sea that I believe we all have felt. A brooding, restless, somewhat foreboding exigency , which moves to its own beat.

K R Kella from Canada

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