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III. “Oh!" is it weed, or fish, or floating hair
A tress o'golden hair,
A drowned maiden's hair
The cruel hungry foam To her grave beside the sea: But still the boatmen hear her call the cattle home
Across the sands of Dee!
THE THREE FISHERS..
THREE fishers went sailing out into the West,
Out into the West as the sun went down ; · Each thought on the woman who loved him the best,
And the children stood watching them out of the town; For men must work, and women must weep, And there is little to earn, and many to keep,
Though the harbour bar be moaning.
Three wives sat up in the light-house tower,
And the night rack came rolling up ragged and brown !
And the harbour bar be moaning.
Three corpses lay out on the shining sands
In the morning gleam as the tide went down,
For those who will never come back to the town;
And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.
WEARILY stretches the sand to the surge, and the surge
to the cloudland; Wearily onward I ride, watching the wild wave alone. Not as of old, like Homeric Achilles, kudeï yawy, Joyous knight-errant of God, thirsting for labour and
strife ; No more on magical steed borne free through the regions
of ether, But, like the hack which I ride, selling my sinew for
gold. Fruit-bearing autumn is gone ; let the sad quiet winter
hang o'er me — What were the spring to a soul laden with sorrow and
shame? Green leaves would fret me with beauty; my heart has
no time to bepraise them ; Gray rock, bough, surge, cloud — these wake no yearn
ing within, Sing not, thou sky-lark above ! even angels pass hushed
by the weeper! Scream on, ye sea-fowl! my heart echoes your desolate cry. Sweep the dry sand on, thou wild wind, to drift o'er the
shell and the sea-weed; Sea-weed and shell, like my dreams, swept down the
pitiless tide. Just is the wave which uptore us; 'tis nature's own law
which condemns us ; Woe to the weak who, in pride, build on the faith of the
sand ! Joy to the oak of the mountain, he trusts to the might of
the rock-clefts ; Deeply he mines, and in peace feeds on the wealth of
She lay among the myrtles on the cliff;