Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE HELLESPONT, by THEOPHILE GAUTIER



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THE HELLESPONT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wave unto shore in an embrace
Last Line: Gives back my thought!
Alternate Author Name(s): Theo, Le Bon
Subject(s): Dardanelles; Hellespont


WAVE unto shore in an embrace
Doth ever rue;
The dawn to cheer the wild-flower's face
Distils the dew.
The wind of evening makes its moan
To cypress-tree;
To terebinth the turtle low
Plains mournfully.

When all save grief hath found repose,
The moon doth speak,
And to the dormant waves disclose
Her pallid cheek.
Sophia, thy white dome doth seem
To greet blue heaven;
And pensively the heaven's calm dream
To God is given.

Or dove or rose, or wave or tomb,
Or rock or tree;
All here below hath somewhere room
Itself to free;
But I, alone, am all alone,
And there is naught
Save, Hellespont, thy sombre tone
Gives back my thought!





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