by James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

On the beach at Fontana
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
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!

First published in Poetry, November 1917.

Authorship

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


Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller

This text was added to the website: 2005-01-13
Line count: 12
Word count: 56