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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Ireland: Vol. V. 1876–79.

Appendix: Kilkee

The Sea-Cliffs of Kilkee

By Sir Aubrey de Vere (1788–1846)

AWFULLY beautiful art thou, O sea!

Viewed from the vantage of these giant rocks

That vast in air lift their primeval blocks,

Screening the sandy cove of lone Kilkee.

Cautious, with outstretched arm and bended knee,

I scan the dread abyss, till the depth mocks

My straining eyeballs, and the eternal shocks

Of billows rolling from infinity

Disturb my brain. Hark! the shrill sea-bird’s scream!

Cloud-like they sweep the long wave’s sapphire gleam,

Ere the poised osprey stoop in wrath from high.

Here man, alone, is naught; Nature supreme,

Where all is simply great that meets the eye,—

The precipice, the ocean, and the sky.