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First Line: He dwelt amid the gloomy rocks
Last Line: A solitary man.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Ireland; Solitude; Irish; Loneliness

He dwelt amid the gloomy rocks,
A solitary man;
Around his home on every side,
The deep salt waters ran.
The distant ships sailed far away,
And o'er the moaning wave
The sea-birds swept, with pale white wings,
As phantoms haunt the grave:
'Twas dreary on an autumn night,
To hear the tempest sweep,
When gallant ships were perishing
Alone amid the deep.
He was a stranger to that shore,
A stranger he remained,
For to his heart, or hearth, or board,
None ever welcome gained.
Great must have been the misery
Of guilt upon his mind,
That thus could sever all the ties
Between him and his kind.
His step was slow, his words were few,
His brow was worn and wan;
He dwelt among those gloomy rocks,
A solitary man.

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