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Short poem

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Home-Thoughts, from the Sea

              1   Nobly, nobly Cape Saint Vincent to the North-West died away;
              2Sunset ran, one glorious blood-red, reeking into Cadiz Bay;
              3Bluish 'mid the burning water, full in face Trafalgar lay;
              4In the dimmest North-East distance, dawned Gibraltar grand and gray;
              5"Here and here did England help me: how can I help England?"--say,
              6Whoso turns as I, this evening, turn to God to praise and pray,
              7While Jove's planet rises yonder, silent over Africa.

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: Robert Browning, Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845).
First publication date: 1845
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.426.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/17

Composition date: 1838
Rhyme: aaaaaaa

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