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First Line: The gulls on monhegan
Last Line: To my remembering heart.
Subject(s): Birds; Flight; Gulls; Sea; Sky; Flying; Seagulls; Ocean


THE gulls on Monhegan
Talk loudly in their tongue;
The white gulls are old ones,
The brown gulls are young.

Above gray wharves they cluster,
Clamor and wheel and cry
For food cast on the waters
Under the broad sea sky. . . .

The gulls at Monhegan
Remain, while folk ashore
Go, and come back, and some time
Turn islandward no more;

No more to hear the ancient voice
Of waves, nor watch the light
Twinkle its warning, when the birds
Are nested for the night.

The gulls off Monhegan
Are populous and shrill;
They sweep over Burnthead,
But shun the graveyard hill,

And of the sky and circling sea
They seem a living part . . .
Out of a dream their cries are borne
To my remembering heart.





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