Milford Sound In Winter

Original Text: 
The Complete Poetical Works of William Gay , ed. J. Glen Oliphant (Melbourne: Thomas C. Lothian, 1911): 118. Internet Archive. Sydney Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS), digital text sponsored by AustLit:
2    That dare the skies, that guard a solitude
3    Of straitened sea from every tempest rude
4That uncontrolled molests the outer deep!
5White pinnacles, where Summer suns will reap
6    A silent store of clouds, unloose the flood
7    That captive long in Winter's hold hath stood,
8And wake the mountain mosses from their sleep!
9Dark walls! white peaks! unravished silences!
10    Grey sinuous lane of solitary sea!
11Wild cataracts plunging fearless from the height!
12And glaciers patient through the centuries!
13    O would that my revering soul might be


1] Milford Sound: a 22-kilometer narrow fjord on the southwestern edge of New Zealand's South Island, off the Tasman Sea. It is famous for its sheer cliffs, steep peaks and waterfalls. Back to Line
14] eremite: hermit. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Cameron La Follette
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