An Anthology of Australian Verse

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Author: Various

A Coast View

High ’mid the shelves of a grey cliff, that yet
Riseth in Babylonian mass above,
In a benched cleft, as in the mouldered chair
Of grey-beard Time himself, I sit alone,
And gaze with a keen wondering happiness
Out o’er the sea. Unto the circling bend
That verges Heaven, a vast luminous plain
It stretches, changeful as a lover’s dream —
Into great spaces mapped by light and shade
In constant interchange — either ’neath clouds
The billows darken, or they shimmer bright
In sunny scopes of measureless expanse.
’Tis Ocean dreamless of a stormy hour,
Calm, or but gently heaving; — yet, O God!
What a blind fate-like mightiness lies coiled
In slumber, under that wide-shining face!
While o’er the watery gleam — there where its edge
Banks the dim vacancy, the topmost sails
Of some tall ship, whose hull is yet unseen,
Hang as if clinging to a cloud that still
Comes rising with them from the void beyond,
Like to a heavenly net, drawn from the deep
And carried upward by ethereal hands.

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Chicago: Various, "A Coast View," An Anthology of Australian Verse, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in An Anthology of Australian Verse (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW2PBCJYL1NC88E.

MLA: Various. "A Coast View." An Anthology of Australian Verse, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in An Anthology of Australian Verse, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW2PBCJYL1NC88E.

Harvard: Various, 'A Coast View' in An Anthology of Australian Verse, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, An Anthology of Australian Verse, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW2PBCJYL1NC88E.