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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Wind and Wave
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
 
            THE WEDDED light and heat,
            Winnowing the witless space,
              Without a let,
            What are they till they beat
      Against the sleepy sod, and there beget        5
                Perchance the violet!
                  Is the One found,
      Amongst a wilderness of as happy grace,
              To make heaven’s bound;
                  So that in Her        10
      All which it hath of sensitively good
              Is sought and understood
  After the narrow mode the mighty heavens prefer?
              She, as a little breeze
                Following still Night,        15
    Ripples the spirit’s cold, deep seas
                  Into delight;
                  But in a while,
              The immeasurable smile
      Is broke by fresher airs to flashes blent        20
              With darkling discontent;
      And all the subtle zephyr hurries gay,
      And all the heaving ocean heaves one way,
      T’ward the void sky-line and an unguessed weal;
          Until the vanward billows feel        25
    The agitating shallows, and divine the goal,
                  And to foam roll,
                  And spread and stray
      And traverse wildly, like delighted hands,
          The fair and fleckless sands,        30
                  And so the whole
          Unfathomable and immense
      Triumphing tide comes at the last to reach
And burst in wind-kissed splendors on the deafening beach,
      Where forms of children in first innocence        35
      Laugh and fling pebbles on the rainbowed crest
              Of its untired unrest.
 
 
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