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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
Mawgan of Melhuach
Robert Stephen Hawker (1803–1875)
’T WAS a fierce night when old Mawgan died,
Men shuddered to hear the rolling tide:
The wreckers fled fast from the awful shore,
They had heard strange voices amid the roar.
“Out with the boat there,” some one cried,—        5
“Will he never come? we shall lose the tide:
His berth is trim and his cabin stored;
He ’s a weary long time coming on board.”
The old man struggled upon the bed:
He knew the words that the voices said;        10
Wildly he shrieked, as his eyes grew dim,
“He was dead! he was dead! when I buried him.”
Hark yet again to the devilish roar,
“He was nimbler once with a ship on shore;
Come! come! old man, ’t is a vain delay,        15
We must make the offing by break of day.”
Hard was the struggle, but at the last
With a stormy pang old Mawgan passed,
And away, away, beneath their sight,
Gleamed the red sail at pitch of night.        20

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