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The Lighthouse – by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

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Sigma Sd15, 15-30mm lens
Dungarvan Lighthouse, County Waterford
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

The Lighthouse

By, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The Lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

Even at this distance I can see the tides,
Upheaving, break unheard along its base,
A speechless wrath, that rises and subsides
In the white lip and tremor of the face.

And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!

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Not one alone; from each projecting cape
And perilous reef along the ocean’s verge,
Starts into life a dim, gigantic shape,
Holding its lantern o’er the restless surge.

Like the great giant Christopher it stands
Upon the brink of the tempestuous wave,
Wading far out among the rocks and sands,
The night-o’ertaken mariner to save.

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And the great ships sail outward and return,
Bending and bowing o’er the billowy swells,
And ever joyful, as they see it burn,
They wave their silent welcomes and farewells.

They come forth from the darkness, and their sails
Gleam for a moment only in the blaze,
And eager faces, as the light unveils,
Gaze at the tower, and vanish while they gaze.

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13 responses

  1. A perfect combination of poetry and images. Just lovely, Nigel!

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    October 22, 2013 at 1:59 am

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Thank you, that;s a very welcomed and lovely comment πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

  2. I feel like I’ve had a brisk walk. Thank you.

    October 22, 2013 at 3:07 am

    • Hello πŸ™‚

      That’s great and I am very pleased you enjoyed yourself πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

  3. Hi Nigel I have nominated you fro the Dragon’s Loyalty Award…Cheers friend πŸ™‚

    October 22, 2013 at 6:02 am

  4. How great to use a poem to inspire your photograph – enjoyed images and poem

    October 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

    • Hello Diana πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      I am very pleased you enjoyed the poem and images πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

  5. b.

    Que bonito πŸ™‚

    October 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

    • Hello πŸ™‚

      Thank you, very pleased you enjoyed and commented πŸ™‚

      PS … So are you !!!

      October 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

      • b.

        Thank you :*

        October 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

  6. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Great combination of poetry & images – just perfect.

    October 23, 2013 at 12:54 am

  7. Longfellow understood the life of the lighthouse. Lovely.

    October 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

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