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SONNET ON LEPANTO, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Deep sea, whose thundering waves in tumult roar
Last Line: The youth of austria, and the might of spain.
Alternate Author Name(s): Herrera, Fernando De
Subject(s): Lepanto, Battle Of


DEEP sea, whose thundering waves in tumult roar,
Call forth thy troubled spirit, -- bid him rise,
And gaze, with terror pale, and hollow eyes,
On floods all flashing fire, and red with gore.
Lo! as in lists enclosed, on battle-floor
Christian and Sarzan, life and death the prize,
Join conflict: lo! the battered Paynim flies;
The din, the smouldering flames, he braves no more.
Go, bid thy deep-toned bass with voice of power
Tell of this mightiest victory under sky,
This deed of peerless valor's highest strain;
And say a youth achieved the glorious hour,
Hallowing thy gulf with praise that ne'er shall die, --
The youth of Austria, and the might of Spain.





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