by Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945)

Before the squall
Language: English 
The wind is [rising]1 on the sea,
The windy white foam dancers leap;
And the sea moans uneasily,
And turns to sleep, and cannot sleep.

Ridge after [rocky]2 ridge uplifts wild hands,
And hammers at the land,
Scatters in liquid dust, and drifts
To death among the dusty sand.

On the horizon's nearing line,
Where the sky rests a visible wall,
Grey in the offing I divine
The sails that fly before a squall.

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1 Becker: "missing" (?)
2 omitted by Becker


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Researcher for this text: T. P. (Peter) Perrin

This text was added to the website: 2006-03-11
Line count: 12
Word count: 74