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The Beach at Ocean Shores, WA


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Ebb and Flow

The sea is calm to-night.

The tide is full, the moon lies fair

Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;

Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!

Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,

Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,

At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,

With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Agaean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow

Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.

But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,

Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.

“Dover Beach” (1867), by Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
Photos by Eowyn

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Storm Is Brewing

With permission of my son and grandson, I took the footage my son shot in October, 2009 and married it to the audio track my grandson engineered as a project in one of his classes.  The music really fits the subject.  I’m not sure what it is.  My grandson just has it labeled “Orchestra”.    ~LTG

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