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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
IV. Inland Waters: Highlands
Dover Cliff
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “King Lear,” Act IV. Sc. 6.

COME on, sir; here ’s the place: stand still!
      How fearful
And dizzy ’t is, to cast one’s eyes so low!
The crows and choughs that wing the midway air
Show scarce so gross as beetles: half-way down        5
Hangs one that gathers samphire,—dreadful trade!
Methinks he seems no bigger than his head:
The fishermen, that walk upon the beach,
Appear like mice; and yon tall anchoring bark,
Diminished to her cock; her cock, a buoy        10
Almost too small for sight: the murmuring surge,
That on the unnumbered idle pebbles chafes,
Cannot be heard so high.—I ’ll look no more;
Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight
Topple down headlong.        15
 
 
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