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Robert Stephen Hawker (Роберт Хоукер)

The Storm

WAR mid the ocean and the land!
The battle-field Morwenna’s strand,
Where rock and ridge the bulwark keep,
The giant warders of the deep.

They come! and shall they not prevail,—	
The seething surge, the gathering gale?
They fling their wild flag to the breeze,
The banner of a thousand seas.

They come, they mount, they charge in vain,
Thus far, incalculable main!
No more! thine hosts have not o’erthrown
The lichen on the barrier stone.

Have the rocks faith, that thus they stand,
Unmoved, a grim and stately band,
And look, like warriors tried and brave,
Stern, silent, reckless, o’er the wave?

Have the proud billows thought and life,
To feel the glory of the strife,
And trust, one day, in battle bold,
To win the foeman’s haughty hold?

Mark where they writhe with pride and shame,
Fierce valor, and the zeal of fame!
Hear how their din of madness raves,
The baffled army of the waves!

Thy way, O God, is in the sea;
Thy paths where awful waters be;
Thy spirit thrills the conscious stone:
O Lord, thy footsteps are not known!

Robert Stephen Hawker's other poems:
  1. The Cell
  2. The Well of St. John
  3. The Ringers of Lancell’s Tower
  4. Dupath Well
  5. Annot of Benallay

Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • George Herbert (Джордж Герберт (Херберт)) The Storm ("If as the winds and waters here below")
  • Coventry Patmore (Ковентри Патмор (Пэтмор)) The Storm ("Within the pale blue haze above")
  • Henry Vaughan (Генри Воэн) The Storm ("I see the use : and know my blood")
  • Letitia Landon (Летиция Лэндон) The Storm ("There was a vessel combating the waves")
  • Katherine Mansfield (Кэтрин Мэнсфилд) The Storm ("I Ran to the forest for shelter")

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