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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX.  1876–79.
Turkey in Europe, and the Principalities
Dardanelles (Hellespont)
The Hellespont
Théophile Gautier (1811–1872)
Translated by C. F. Bates

WAVE unto shore in an embrace
            Doth ever rue;
The dawn to cheer the wild-flower’s face
            Distils the dew.
The wind of evening makes its moan        5
            To cypress-tree;
To terebinth the turtle low
            Plains mournfully.
When all save grief hath found repose,
            The moon doth speak,        10
And to the dormant waves disclose
            Her pallid cheek.
Sophia, thy white dome doth seem
            To greet blue heaven;
And pensively the heaven’s calm dream        15
            To God is given.
Or dove or rose, or wave or tomb,
            Or rock or tree;
All here below hath somewhere room
            Itself to free;        20
But I, alone, am all alone,
            And there is naught
Save, Hellespont, thy sombre tone
            Gives back my thought!

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