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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
To the Sea
Capel Lofft (1751–1824)
Written on the Beach at Aldborough

THOU awful sea! upon this shingly beach
Of Aldborough I pace: my gazing eye
Thy world of waters lost in the dim sky
Admiring, and thy echoing waves, that teach,
In voice of thunder, more than tongue can preach;        5
The knell of ages past and passing by;
And claim their ancient empire o’er the dry
And solid earth; each animating each.
Of towns long sunk, o’er which thy wild waves roar,
Of sea to land, of land to ocean turned,        10
I muse: and mourn, that who could amplest pour
Homeric tones on thy resounding shore
Porson is dead!—that sea of Grecian lore
Unbounded, in the abyss of fate inurned.

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