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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

Robert Browning. 1812–1889

730. Home-thoughts, from the Sea

NOBLY, nobly Cape Saint Vincent to the North-west died away; 
Sunset ran, one glorious blood-red, reeking into Cadiz Bay; 
Bluish ‘mid the burning water, full in face Trafalgar lay; 
In the dimmest North-east distance dawn’d Gibraltar grand and gray; 
‘Here and here did England help me: how can I help England?’—say,         5
Whoso turns as I, this evening, turn to God to praise and pray, 
While Jove’s planet rises yonder, silent over Africa.