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Walter Murdoch (1874–1970).  The Oxford Book of Australasian Verse.  1918.
 
141. Ocean
 
By Louis Lavater
 
 
UNSTABLE monster, formless, vast, alone,
How awful in thy giant impotence!
Canst thou not—now—uprear that bulk immense
And make a captured continent thy throne?
Why surging round this planet’s narrow zone        5
Pursue a star with tireless vehemence,
Yet falter at the feeblest shore’s defence
And crawl into thyself and moan and moan?
 
We happier mortals when our flood-tide ’s o’er
Shall ebb into the dust and there no more        10
Be vext with earthly harassment; whilst thou,
Unquiet Ocean, thou shalt neither rest
Nor shalt accomplish thine eternal quest,
But moan and moan—as thou art moaning now!
 

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