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STORM AT SEA (1), by            
First Line: The quarrelling winds perplex me. On this side
Last Line: With great holes gaping, rent and torn.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alkaios
Subject(s): Sea; Storms; Ocean


THE quarrelling winds perplex me. On this side
One wave rolls up, on that a different tide,
And the black ship, whereon we sail,
Shifts with the shifting of the gale.

We are exhausted by the fearful blast:
Round the mast's foot the bilge is rising fast.
And all the sail is thin and worn,
With great holes gaping, rent and torn.





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