St. Andrews Bay

Original Text: 
The Poetical Works of Andrew Lang, ed. Mrs. Lang, 4 vols. (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1923): I, 16-17. British Library
1AH, listen through the music, from the shore,
4The wide North Ocean, marshalling his waves!
5Even so forlorn -- in worlds beyond our ken --
6May sigh the seas that are not heard of men;
7Even so forlorn, prophetic of man's fate,
8Sounded the cold sea-wave disconsolate,
9When none but God might hear the boding tone,
10As God shall hear the long lament alone,
11When all is done, when all the tale is told,
12And the gray sea-wave echoes as of old!
13This was the burden of the night,
14    The saying of the sea,
15But lo! the hours have brought the light,
16The laughter of the waves, the flight
17Of dipping sea-birds, foamy white,
18    That are so glad to be!
19'Forget'! the happy creatures cry,
20    'Forget night's monotone,
21With us be glad in sea and sky,
22The days are thine, the days that fly,
23The days God gives to know Him by,
24    And not the night alone!'


2] An allusion to Matthew Arnold's poem "Dover Beach." Back to Line
3] the Minster: St. Andrew's Cathedral, then in ruins. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001