Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


To the Sea

By Capel Lofft (1751–1824)

Written on the Beach at Aldborough

THOU awful sea! upon this shingly beach

Of Aldborough I pace: my gazing eye

Thy world of waters lost in the dim sky

Admiring, and thy echoing waves, that teach,

In voice of thunder, more than tongue can preach;

The knell of ages past and passing by;

And claim their ancient empire o’er the dry

And solid earth; each animating each.

Of towns long sunk, o’er which thy wild waves roar,

Of sea to land, of land to ocean turned,

I muse: and mourn, that who could amplest pour

Homeric tones on thy resounding shore

Porson is dead!—that sea of Grecian lore

Unbounded, in the abyss of fate inurned.