On the Beach at Fontana

"On the Beach at Fontana" is a song of Roger Sessions that sets the text of James Joyce. "On the beach at Fontana" first appeared as a poem in Poetry Magazine in 1917.

Date: 1930Composer: Roger SessionsText: James Joyce

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On the Beach at Fontana
by James Joyce

Wind whines and whines the shingle,
The crazy pierstakes groan;
A senile sea numbers each single
Slimesilvered stone.

From whining wind and colder
Grey sea I wrap him warm
And touch his trembling fineboned shoulder
And boyish arm.

Around us fear, descending
Darkness of fear above
And in my heart how deep unending
Ache of love!

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