The Ocean's Song

( " Nous nous promenions a Rozel-Tower. " )

We walked amongst the ruins famed in story
Of Rozel-Tower,
And saw the boundless waters stretch in glory
And heave in power.

O ocean vast! we heard thy song with wonder,
Whilst waves marked time.
" Appear, O Truth! " thou sang'st with tone of thunder,
" And shine sublime!

" The world's enslaved and hunted down by beagles, —
To despots sold,
Souls of deep thinkers, soar like mighty eagles,
The Right uphold.

" Be born; arise; o'er earth and wild waves bounding
Peoples and suns!
Let darkness vanish; — tocsins be resounding,
And flash, ye guns!

" And you, — who love no pomps of fog, or glamour,
Who fear no shocks,
Brave foam and lightning, hurricane and clamour,
Exiles — the rocks! "
Author of original: 
Victor Hugo
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