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On the beach at Fontana

Language: English

Wind whines and whines the shingle,
The crazy pierstakes groan;
A senile sea numbers each single
Slimesilvered stone.

From whining wind and colder
Grey sea I wrap him warm
And touch his trembling fineboned shoulder
And boyish arm.

Around us fear, descending
Darkness of fear above
And in my heart how deep unending
Ache of love!

Translation(s): FRE GER

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First published in Poetry, November 1917.

Submitted by Barbara Miller


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Sur la plage à Fontana", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Am Strand von Fontana", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-01-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:12
Line count: 12
Word count: 56

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Am Strand von Fontana

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Wind winselt, pfeift winselnd am Kieselstrand,
die irren Pfähle des Pierstegs ächzen;
Eine greise See zählt jeglichen
schleimsilbrigen Stein.

Aus pfeifendem Wind und kälterer
grauer See hüll ich ihn warm
und rühr an seine zitternde zierliche Schulter
und seinen knabenhaften Arm.

Um uns Bangnis, herein bricht
die Dunkelheit aus bangem Oben
und mir im Herzen tief, nie endend,
der Schmerz aus Liebe!

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Based on
  • a text in English by James Joyce (1882 - 1941), "On the beach at Fontana", written 1914, appears in Pomes Penyeach, no. 6 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Lorne M. Betts, Bill Hopkins, Jack Marius Jarrett, Geert van Keulen, Roger Sessions. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-09-13.
Last modified: 2014-09-13 22:58:59
Line count: 12
Word count: 62