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Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning By Robert Browning Characters: 579

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:04


Then the pilots of the place put out brisk and leapt on board;15

"Why, what hope or chance have ships like these to pass?" laughed they;

"Rocks to starboard, rocks to port, all the passage scarred and scored,

Shall the Formidable here, with her twelve and eighty guns,

Think to

make the river-mouth by the single narrow way,

Trust to enter-where 'tis ticklish for a craft of twenty tons,20

And with flow at full beside?

Now, 'tis slackest ebb of tide.

Reach the mooring? Rather say,

While rock stands or water runs,

Not a ship will leave the bay!"25

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