Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

(5 December 1803 – 27 July 1873 / Ovstug)

How Tuneful Is The Voice Of Sea


How tuneful is the voice of sea,
What true accord in ocean's murmur,
And in the reed's light, rhythmic tremour
What tender musicality!

In nature all is harmony,
A consonance fore'er agreed on,
And 'tis alone our phantom freedom
That is disturbingly off-key.

Whence comes this breach? How to explain
Why with the sea its song sonorous
The soul declines to sing in chorus?
Why does the thinking reed complain?

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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