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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Richard Burton (1861–1940)

Sea Witchery

YON headland, with the twinkling-footed sea

Beyond it, conjures shapes and stories fair

Of young Greek days: the lithe immortal air

Carries the sound of Siren-song to me;

Soon shall I mark Ulysses daringly

Swing round the cape, the sea-wind in his hair;

And look! the Argonauts go sailing there

A golden quest, shouting their godlike glee.

The vision is compact of blue and gold,

Of sky and water, and the drift of foam,

And thrill of brine-washed breezes from the west:

Wide space is in it, and the unexpressed

Great heart of Nature, and the magic old

Of legend, and the white ships coming home.