William Allingham

(19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889 / Donegal / Ireland)

Aeolian Harp

Poem by William Allingham

O pale green sea,
With long, pale, purple clouds above -
What lies in me like weight of love ?
What dies in me
With utter grief, because there comes no sign
Through the sun-raying West, or the dim sea-line ?

O salted air,
Blown round the rocky headland still,
What calls me there from cove and hill?
What calls me fair
From thee, the first-born of the youthful night,
Or in the waves is coming through the dusk twilight ?

O yellow Star,
Quivering upon the rippling tide -
Sendest so far to one that sigh'd?
Bendest thou, Star,
Above, where the shadows of the dead have rest
And constant silence, with a message from the blest?


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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/11/2018 7:33:00 PM)

    What lies in me like weight of love?
    What dies in me
    With utter grief, because there comes no sign
    Through the sun-raying West, or the dim sea-line? - - - - - -Those are lines that reverberate in the reader's heart. That is certainly how poetry is written.(Report)Reply

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul Reza (3/11/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    With long, pale, purple clouds above, well penned(Report)Reply

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (3/11/2018 8:25:00 AM)

    Quivering upon the rippling tide -
    Sendest so far to one that sigh'd?
    Bendest thou, Star,
    Above, where the shadows of the dead have
    rest
    And constant silence, with a message from
    the blest?(Report)Reply

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  • Jeannette HeywoodJeannette Heywood (3/11/2018 4:40:00 AM)

    Lovely and soothing to the soul.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/11/2018 1:34:00 AM)

    Such a superb poem by William Allimgham👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/11/2018 12:10:00 AM)

    Rippling tide! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/11/2017 10:44:00 PM)

    A wonderful nature song with it's alluring manifestations. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (3/11/2017 6:32:00 PM)

    A touching poetry on nature and of love.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/11/2017 9:33:00 AM)

    Constance silence! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (3/11/2017 3:17:00 AM)

    a poem that whispers to the tunes of the land and sea?(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/11/2017 1:11:00 AM)

    Constant silence.... thanks for sharing....(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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