Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE SEA, by JOHN KEATS

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First Line: It keeps eternal whisperings around
Last Line: Until ye start, as if the sea-nymphs quir'd!
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: On The Sea;on The Sea
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean

IT keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.
Often 'tis in such gentle temper found,
That scarcely will the very smallest shell
Be mov'd for days from where it sometime fell,
When last the winds of Heaven were unbound.
Oh ye! who have your eye-balls vex'd and tir'd,
Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;
Oh ye! whose ears are dinn'd with uproar rude,
Or fed too much with cloying melody--
Sit ye near some old Cavern's Mouth, and brood
Until ye start, as if the sea-nymphs quir'd!

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