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Poem by William Ernest Henley

Attadale, West Highlands

                 To A. J.

A black and glassy float, opaque and still,
The loch, at furthest ebb supine in sleep,
Reversing, mirrored in its luminous deep
The calm grey skies; the solemn spurs of hill;
Heather, and corn, and wisps of loitering haze;
The wee white cots, black-hatted, plumed with smoke;
The braes beyondЧand when the ripple awoke,
They wavered with the jarred and wavering glaze.
The air was hushed and dreamy.  Evermore
A noise of running water whispered near.
A straggling crow called high and thin.  A bird
Trilled from the birch-leaves.  Round the shingled shore,
Yellow with weed, there wandered, vague and clear,
Strange vowels, mysterious gutturals, idly heard.

William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. In Hospital. 22. Pastoral
  2. Beside the Idle Summer Sea
  3. Echoes. 28. Blithe Dreams Arise to Greet Us
  4. Echoes. 27. She Sauntered by the Swinging Seas
  5. In Hospital. 7. Vigil

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