Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Off Cape Colonna


Aloof they crown the foreland lone,
From aloft they loftier rise--
Fair columns, in the aureole rolled
From sunned Greek seas and skies.
They wax, sublimed to fancy's view,
A god-like group against the blue.

Over much like gods! Serene they saw
The wolf-waves board the deck,
And headlong hull of Falconer,
And many a deadlier wreck.

Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010

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