The Dread Voyage Poems

by William Wilfred Campbell


 

MOONLIGHT


 

THE moonlight on this beach lies pallidly
      And on the waters in a white track dreams
      Where ripples pulsate under misty beams.
Far out the night lifts vast and shadowy,
Fear-haunted, where the dim, white headlands lie,
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      And chants the lake the dark’s wild frighted themes
      In far-heard thunders. Here the silence teems
With frensy’s sweet and frosted phantasy.

This is the realm of lovers, and across
      This silvery web two shadows come and go.

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      Outside the world sleeps with its freight of woe,
Its human load of haggard pain and loss;
      But these two dream, where elfin torches glow
And wind-stirred boughs their snowy foliage toss.