Tears

Tears! tears! tears!
  In the night, in solitude, tears;
  On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck'd in by the sand;
  Tears--not a star shining--all dark and desolate;
  Moist tears from the eyes of a muffled head:
  --O who is that ghost?--that form in the dark, with tears?
  What shapeless lump is that, bent, crouch'd there on the sand?
  Streaming tears--sobbing tears--throes, choked with wild cries;
  O storm, embodied, rising, careering, with swift steps along the
  beach;
  O wild and dismal night storm, with wind! O belching and
  desperate! 10
  O shade, so sedate and decorous by day, with calm countenance and
  regulated pace;
  But away, at night, as you fly, none looking--O then the unloosen'd
  ocean,
  Of tears! tears! tears!

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