Monday, 3 August 2015

Poetry Revisited: Long Island Sound by Emma Lazarus

Long Island Sound

(from The Poems of Emma Lazarus. Volume I: 1888)

May 1st, 1866

I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August,-by a fresh soft breeze o'erblown.

The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.

The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark, green grove.

The luminous grasses, and the merry sun
In the grave sky; the sparkle far and wide,
Laughter of unseen children, cheerful chirp
Of crickets, and low lisp of rippling tide,
Light summer clouds fantastical as sleep
Changing unnoted while I gazed thereon.

All these fair sounds and sights I made my own.

Emma Lazarus
(1849-1887)

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