The Sea-Cliffs of Kilkee

Aubrey De Vere

Awfully beautiful art thou, O sea!   
Viewed from the vantage of these giant rocks   
That vast in air lift their primeval blocks,   
Screening the sandy cove of lone Kilkee.   
Cautious, with outstretched arm and bended knee,          
I scan the dread abyss, till the depth mocks   
My straining eyeballs, and the eternal shocks   
Of billows rolling from infinity   
Disturb my brain. Hark! the shrill sea-bird’s scream!   
Cloud-like they sweep the long wave’s sapphire gleam,          
Ere the poised osprey stoop in wrath from high.   
Here man, alone, is naught; Nature supreme,   
Where all is simply great that meets the eye,—   
The precipice, the ocean, and the sky.

Kilkee in County Clare, Ireland, is the site of spectacular sea cliffs.

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Cliffs of Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland

Cliffs near Kilkee, Clare, Ireland