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Hither

my

love! Here I am! here ! With this just-sustain'd note I announce myself to you, This gentle call is for you my love, for you. Do not be decoy'd elsewhere, That is the whistle of the wind, it is not my voice, That is the fluttering, the fluttering of the spray, Those are the shadows of leaves. O darkness ! O in vain ! 0 I am very sick and sorrowful. O brown halo in the sky near the moon, drooping upon the sea ! O troubled reflection in the sea ! O throat! Ó throbbing heart ! And I singing uselessly, uselessly all the night. O past ! O happy life! O songs of joy ! In the air, in the woods, over fields, Loved ! loved ! loved ! loved ! loved ! But my mate no more, no more with me! We two together no more. The aria sinking, All else continuing, the stars shining, The winds blowing, the notes of the bird continuous

echoing, With angry moans the fierce old mother incessantly

moaning, On the sands of Paumanok's shore gray and rustling, The yellow half-moon enlarged, sagging down, drooping,

the face of the sea almost touching, The boy ecstatic, with his bare feet the waves, with his

hair the atmosphere dallying, The love in the heart long pent, now loose, now at last

tumultuously bursting, The aria's meaning, the ears, the soul, swiftly depositing, The strange tears down the cheeks coursing, The colloquy there, the trio, each uttering,

The undertone, the savage old mother incessantly crying, To the boy's soul's questions sullenly timing, some

drown'd secret hissing, To the outsetting bard. Demon or bird ! (said the boy's soul,) Is it indeed toward your mate you sing? or is it really to

me ?

For I, that was a child, my tongue's use sleeping, now I

have heard you, Now in a moment I know what I am for, I awake, And already a thousand singers, a thousand songs, clearer,

louder and more sorrowful than yours, A thousand warbling echoes have started to life within me,

never to die.

O you singer solitary, singing by yourself, projecting me, O solitary me listening, never more shall I cease perpetu

ating you,

Never more shall I escape, never more the reverberations, Never more the cries of unsatisfied love be absent from

me, Never again leave me to be the peaceful child I was before

what there in the night, By the sea under the yellow and sagging moon, The messenger there arous'd, the fire, the sweet hell

within, The unknown want, the destiny of me. O give me the clew! (it lurks in the night here some

where,)
O if I am to have so much, let me have more !
A word then, (for I will conquer it)
The word final, superior to all,
Subtle, sent up — what is it?

I listen;
Are you whispering it, and have been all the time, you sea-

waves ? Is that it from your liquid rims and wet sands ?

Whereto answering, the sea,
Delaying not, hurrying not,
Whisper'd me through the night, and very plainly before

daybreak,
Lisp'd to me the low and delicious word death,
And again death, death, death, death,
Hissing melodious, neither like the bird nor like my

arous'd child's heart, But edging near as privately for me rustling at my feet, Creeping thence steadily up to my ears and laving me

softly all over, Death, death, death, death, death. Which I do not forget, But fuse the song of my dusky demon and brother, That he sang to me in the moonlight on Paumanok's gray

beach, With the thousand responsive songs at random, My own songs awaked from that hour, And with them the key, the word up from the waves, The word of the sweetest song and all songs, That strong and delicious word which, creeping to my

feet, (Or like some old crone rocking the cradle, swathed in

sweet garments, bending aside,) The sea whisper'd me.

TEARS
Tears ! tears ! tears !
In the night, in solitude, tears,
On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck'd in by the

sand,
Tears, not a star shining, all dark and desolate,
Moist tears from the eyes of a muffled head ;

is that ghost ? that form in the dark, with tears? What shapeless lump is that, bent, crouch'd there on the

sand ?

Streaming tears, sobbing tears, throes, choked with wild

cries; O storm, embodied, rising, careering with swift steps along

the beach! O wild and dismal night storm, with wind - O belching

and desperate ! O shade so sedate and decorous by day, with calm cou'n

tenance and regulated pace, But away at night as you fly, none looking - 0 then the

unloosen'd ocean, Of tears ! tears ! tears!

TO THE MAN-OF-WAR-BIRD
Thou who hast slept all night upon the storm,
Waking renew'd on thy prodigious pinions,
(Burst the wild storm ? above it thou ascended'st,
And rested on the sky, thy slave that cradled thee,)
Now a blue point, far, far in heaven floating,
As to the light emerging here on deck I watch thee,
(Myself a speck, a point on the world's Aoating vast.)
Far, far at sea,
After the night's fierce drifts have strewn the shore with

wrecks,
With re-appearing day as now so happy and serene,
The rosy and elastic dawn, the flashing sun,
The limpid spread of air cerulean,
Thou also re-appearest.
Thou born to match the gale, (thou art all wings,)
To cope with heaven and earth and sea and hurricane,
Thou ship of air that never furl'st thy sails,
Days, even weeks untired and onward, through spaces,

realms gyrating, At dusk that look'st on Senegal, at morn America, That sport'st amid the lightning-flash and thunder-cloud, In them, in thy experiences, had'st thou my soul, What joys ! what joys were thine !

ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT
On the beach at night,
Stands a child with her father,
Watching the east, the autumn sky.
Up through the darkness,
While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses

spreading,
Lower sullen and fast athwart and down the sky,
Amid a transparent clear belt of ether yet left in the east,
Ascends large and calm the lord-star Jupiter,
And nigh at hand, only a very little above,
Swim the delicate sisters the Pleiades.

From the beach the child holding the hand of her father, Those burial-clouds that lower victorious soon to devour

all, Watching, silently weeps. Weep not, child, Weep not, my darling, With these kisses let me remove your tears, The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious, They shall not long possess the sky, they devour the stars

only in apparition, Jupiter shall emerge, be patient, watch again another night,

the Pleiades shall emerge, They are immortal, all those stars both silvery and golden

shall shine out again, The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again,

they endure, The vast immortal suns and the long-enduring pensive

moons shall again shine. Then dearest child mournest thou only for Jupiter ? Considerest thou alone the burial of the stars ? Something there is, (With my lips soothing thee, adding I whisper,

give thee the first suggestion, the problem and indirection,)

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