Original Text: 
The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with Bibliographical and Critical Notes, Riverside Edition (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1890), III, 201. PS 2250 E90 Robarts Library.
1I pace the sounding sea-beach and behold
2    How the voluminous billows roll and run,
3    Upheaving and subsiding, while the sun
4    Shines through their sheeted emerald far unrolled,
5And the ninth wave, slow gathering fold by fold
6    All its loose-flowing garments into one,
7    Plunges upon the shore, and floods the dun
8    Pale reach of sands, and changes them to gold.
9So in majestic cadence rise and fall
10    The mighty undulations of thy song,
12And ever and anon, high over all
13    Uplifted, a ninth wave superb and strong,
14    Floods all the soul with its melodious seas.


11] Mæonides: the blind Greek epic poet Homer, thought to come from Mæonia, a country in Asia Minor. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
In The Masque of Pandora
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.