Canadian Born

by Emily Pauline Johnson



The Sleeping Giant

(THUNDER BAY, LAKE SUPERIOR)


 

When did you sink to your dreamless sleep
    Out there in your thunder bed?
Where the tempests sweep,
And the waters leap,
    And the storms rage overhead.
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Were you lying there on your couch alone
    Ere Egypt and Rome were born?
Ere the Age of Stone,
Or the world had known
    The Man with the Crown of Thorn.
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The winds screech down from the open west,
    And the thunders beat and break
On the amethyst
Of your rugged breast,—
    But you never arise or wake. [Page 40]
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You have locked your past, and you keep the key
    In your heart ’neath the westing sun,
Where the mighty sea
And its shores will be
    Storm-swept till the world is done. [Page 41]
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