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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900).  Poems.  1881.

34. Les Silhouettes


    THE sea is flecked with bars of grey 
    The dull dead wind is out of tune, 
    And like a withered leaf the moon 
Is blown across the stormy bay. 
  
    Etched clear upon the pallid sand         5
    The black boat lies: a sailor boy 
    Clambers aboard in careless joy 
With laughing face and gleaming hand. 
  
    And overhead the curlews cry, 
    Where through the dusky upland grass  10
    The young brown-throated reapers pass, 
Like silhouettes against the sky. 


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