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Augusta (Davies) Webster (1837-1894)


              1Wild wintry wind, storm through the night,
              2   Dash the black clouds against the sky,
              3Hiss through the billows seething white,
              4   Fling the rock-surf in spray on high.

              5Hurl the high seas on harbour bars,
              6   Madden them with thy havock-shriek
              7Against the crimson beacon-stars --
              8   Thy rage no more can make me weak.

              9The ship rides safely in the bay,
            10   The ship that held my hope in her --
            11Whirl on, wild wind, in thy wild fray,
            12   We hear our whispers through the stir.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Augusta Webster, A Woman Sold and Other Poems (London and Cambridge: Macmillan, 1867): 101. British Library 11647.dd.35
First publication date: 1867
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2001
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/28

Rhyme: abab

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