Verse > Rupert Brooke > Collected Poems > I. 1905–1908 > 8. Seaside
Rupert Brooke (1887–1915).  Collected Poems. 1916.
I. 1905–1908
8. Seaside
SWIFTLY out from the friendly lilt of the band,
  The crowd’s good laughter, the loved eyes of men,
  I am drawn nightward; I must turn again
Where, down beyond the low untrodden strand,
There curves and glimmers outward to the unknown        5
  The old unquiet ocean. All the shade
Is rife with magic and movement. I stray alone
  Here on the edge of silence, half afraid,
Waiting a sign. In the deep heart of me
The sullen waters swell towards the moon,       10
And all my tides set seaward.
  From inland
Leaps a gay fragment of some mocking tune,
That tinkles and laughs and fades along the sand,
And dies between the seawall and the sea.       15


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