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Hilltop: A Literary Paper. Volume 1 Number 1

'Isabel and the Sea'

'Isabel and the Sea'

I always wished to go sailing with Isabel?—
Isabel and the sea.
And now a sudden but false thought of summer?—
Twelve weeks to May?—
Caused my project to blossom, then die utterly.

It would have been some youthful English idyll
When England was all youth longed for:
Bridesmere, and the meadows and hedgerows,
The country pubs, and the green, green,
Green?-far from these barren hills,
Their brown hardworking contours?—
The downs rolling on above the sea
And the strange boats sailing on the Broads?—
That now has been put right away in a phrase:
'Isabel, and the sea.'