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Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The City and the Sea


The panting City cried to the Sea,
"I am faint with heat,--O breathe on me!" 

And the Sea said, "Lo, I breathe! but my breath
To some will be life, to others death!" 

As to Prometheus, bringing ease
In pain, come the Oceanides, 

So to the City, hot with the flame
Of the pitiless sun, the east wind came. 

It came from the heaving breast of the deep,
Silent as dreams are, and sudden as sleep. 

Life-giving, death-giving, which will it be;
O breath of the merciful, merciless Sea? 



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's other poems:
  1. Chaucer
  2. Einar Tamberskelver
  3. Bishop Sigurd at Salten-Fiord
  4. The Warden of the Cinque Ports
  5. To the River Charles


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Emily Johnson The City and the Sea ("To none the city bends a servile knee")

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