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THE ANSWERING HEIGHTS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Shout at your sounding sea
Last Line: Repeated notes down-falling.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Crying; Voices

SHOUT at your sounding sea,
Fling it your loud laughter—
It will never reply
As my hills reply to me:
Cry with answering cry,
And a last cry following after!

Stand on the sand and call—
Your tide will go on roaring,
And breakers tell of a storm
With green and thundering fall;
My hills have a voice that is warm
With the softness of sun down-pouring.

The curves of the answering heights
Hold a more distant wonder,
Made of mirage and cloud
And wavering northern lights;
And they will not speak aloud
With a dark voice of thunder;

But in the high thin air
They will answer your calling
With a soft golden sound;
And if you laugh, they will share
Your own loud joy with round
Repeated notes down-falling.

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