by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

A visit from the sea
Language: English 
Far from the loud sea beaches
  Where he goes fishing and crying,
Here in the inland garden
  Why is the sea-gull flying?
Here are no fish to dive for;
  Here is the corn and lea;
Here are the green trees rustling.
  Hie away home to sea!
Fresh is the river water
  And quiet among the rushes;
This is no home for the sea-gull
  But for the rooks and thrushes.
Pity the bird that has wandered!
  Pity the sailor ashore!
Hurry him home to the ocean,
  Let him come here no more!
High on the sea-cliff ledges
  The white gulls are trooping and crying,
Here among rooks and roses,
  Why is the sea-gull flying?

J. Fontyn sets stanzas 1-4

First published in Magazine of Art, November 1885


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This text was added to the website: 2008-11-25
Line count: 20
Word count: 113