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The Lighthouse , By, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

St John’s Point Lighthouse,  Donegal Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

St John’s Point Lighthouse,
Irish Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Its been a little time since I last got to visit county Donegal, having spent most of my time recently exploring counties Kerry and Cork. This year however I hope to visit again and the lighthouse at St Johns point will be very high on my list. This is a wonderful location at any time of year, stunning on a sunny day and spectacular in a winters storm!

Here I have matched some of my last photographs of the point and its lighthouse with one of my most loved lighthouse poems …….

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.

St johns lighthouse 04.

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!

St johns lighthouse 03.

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.

St johns lighthouse 02.

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.

St johns lighthouse 05

3 responses

  1. Perfect pairing, love Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and this poem is a favorite by so many of the folks who live along the North Eastern sea board of the US. Wonderful photographs of the lighthouse Nigel.

    February 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    • Hello Mary 🙂

      Thank you !!! , this is a great comment for me to read, I loved this poem from the moment I came across it so to have some context to it – is just perfect 🙂 🙂

      February 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  2. Excellent Nigel. I was there just after Christmas, and its due to be included in one of my next posts. Loved seeing your take on it.

    February 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

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