Sonnets Round the Coast (London, 1887)


Dedicatory: To My Mother

Dedicatory: To the Dear Memory of My Father


The Isle of Wight and South Coast

Sea Liberty (p. 3)

Ocean, the Captive (p. 4)

The Isle of Wight (p. 5)

To Alfred Lord Tennyson (p. 6)

Farringford, Isle of Wight (p. 7)

On Hearing Lord Tennyson Read His ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington (p. 8)

After the Epilogue. To the Charge of the Light Brigade (p. 9)

At the Needles, Isle of Wight (p. 10)

By the Barrow on Afton Down, Freshwater, Isle of Wight (p. 11)

On Leaving Farringford (p. 12)

The Lighthouse at the Needles (p. 13)

Portland (p. 14)

The Miguel D’Aquenda: Weymouth (p. 15)

Plymouth Harbour—Sunday (p. 16)

Old Eddystone Lighthouse, Plymouth Hoe (p. 17)

Sir Francs Drake, Hoe (p. 18)


Cornish Coast

Deep-Sea Calm (p. 21)

Cornwall (p. 22)

Falmouth (p. 23)

Kynance Cove (p. 24)

The Cottage at Kynance Cove (p. 25)

The Blow-Hole, Kynance Caves (p. 26)

The Gull Rock (p. 27)

St. Rumon’s Well, at Grade (p. 28)

At the Lizard (p. 29)

A Memory of the Lizard (p. 30)

Farewell at Lizard Point (p. 31)

Pigeon Hugo (p. 32)

Mullyon Island (Enys Bronnen) (p. 33)

Flora Day at Helston (Furry Day), May 8 (p. 34)

Mount St. Michael, Penzance (p. 35)

Spring Dreams amongst the Cornish Miners (p. 36)

St. Madron’s Well (p. 37)

Lanyon Cromlech (p. 38)

The Men-Scryfa (The Written Stone) (p. 39)

A Legend of King Arthur. (At Sennen) (p. 40)

At the Land’s End (p. 41)

Foam-Fringe at Gurnard’s Head (p. 42)

New Quay (p. 43)

The Cairns, Trevalga Head (p. 44)

The Nunnery of Lanherne, Mawgan (p. 45)

A Cornish Saint, Mawgan. In Memoriam Mary Davy, Obiit May 18, 1884 (p. 46)


Bristol Channel

Moon-Thirst (p. 49)

*Bristol (p. 50)

*The Drawbridge, Bristol (p. 51)

*Spire of Saint Mary Redcliffe (p. 52)

*To a Thrush Heard on Clifton Down (p. 53)

*On the Downs, Near Bristol (p. 54)

*Tennyson at Clevedon (p. 55)

*Old Clevedon Churchyard (p. 56)

*Henbury Plain (p. 57)

*Tintern Abbey (p. 58)

*At Tintern Abbey (p. 59)

*The Drakestone Edge (p. 60)

(* Published in A Book of Bristol Sonnets, 1877)


Welsh Coast

The Seasonless Ocean (p. 63)

At Barmouth (p. 64)

The Abermaw (p. 65)

Low Tide in the Estuary, Barmouth (p. 66)

Barmouth Shore. A Walk to Llanaber (p. 67)

A Retrospect from Mawddach Crag (p. 68)

Barmouth Bridge (p. 69)

Cottages of St. George, Barmouth (p. 70)

The Torrent Walk, Dolgelly (p. 71)

Harlech (p. 72)

Bronwyn the Fair. Harlech (p. 73)

The Buried City of Cardigan Bay (p. 74)


Lancashire and Cumberland Coasts

East and West (p. 77)

The Tower on the Road, Ulverston (p. 78)

A Launch from the Furness Docks (p. 79)

Black Coombe (p. 80)

*Eskmeals (p. 81)

*At King Henry’s Chapel, Muncaster (p. 82)

A Quiet Autumn Day, from the Terrace at Muncaster (p. 83)

At Muncaster, after the Gale of December 11, 1883 (p. 84)

The Death of Olaf the Dane—Sunset Beyond the Isle of Man (p. 85)

Home from the East. Among the Drigg Sand-Hills (p. 86)

The Light-Ship, Seen from Seascale (p. 87)

The Druid Stone near Millbeck, Seascale (p. 88)

Brave Sailing (p. 89)

At Seascale (p. 90)

The Preacher’s Seaside Lesson (p. 91)

*The Old Wreck at Seascale (p. 92)

The Irish Land League, October 17, 1881 (p. 93)

Rock Ruins at Seascale (p. 94)

The Gosforth Cross (p. 95)

Seascale Memories (p. 96)

The Peace of Understanding (p. 97)

Archbishop Grindal, Founder of Saint Bees Grammar School, 1587 (p. 98)

Tomb of Thomas de Cottingham, Obiit 1300. Saint Bees (p. 99)

Beowulf’s Stone, Saint Bees. Mammon Worship Rebuked (p. 100)

The Snow Miracle, a Legend of Saint Bees (p. 101)

The Forester’s Tomb, Saint Bees (p. 102)

Saint Bees (p. 103)

Sea-Cote, Saint Bees (p. 104)

Sea-Gulls at Saint Bees (p. 105)

The Lark on Tomline Head (p. 106)

A Doubtful May. Tomline head, Saint Bees (p. 197)

Music of Two Worlds, Saint Bees Head (p. 108)

The Imperishable Gospel. A Legend of the Solway (p. 109)

The Gladness of the Sea p. 110)

(* Published in Sonnets at the English Lakes, 1881)


North-East Coast

On Shining Sands (p. 113)

George Wishart, Martyred at Saint Andrews, March 1, 1545 (p. 114)

In Memoriam Principal Shairp, September 1885 (p. 115)

On Reading, after His Death, Principal Shairp’s Last Public Lecture on Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd (p. 116)

In Memoriam Principal Tulloch, February 1886 (p. 117)

On the Links, Saint Andrews (p. 118)

To M. K. on Her Eighteenth Birthday, Saint Andrews (p. 119)

Farewell to Saint Andrews (p. 120)

Bamborough Castle (p. 121)

Grace Darling (p. 122)

At Alnmouth (p. 123)

Warkworth Castle Hill (p. 124)


Yorkshire Coast – Saltburn

A Child’s Face on the Shore (p. 127)

Cleveland (p. 128)

A Nameless Grave at Marske (p. 129)

The Huntcliff (p. 130)

Beneath Huntcliff (p. 131)

The Pier at Saltburn-By-The-Sea (p. 132)

The Gardens, Saltburn-By-The-Sea (p. 133)

The Gardens Illuminated, Saltburn-By-The-Sea (p.134)

The Gardens by Moonlight (p. 135)

The Saltburn Viaduct (p. 136)

At Marske Mill (p. 137)

Skelton, the Birthplace of Robert Bruce’s Ancestors. A Dream of Robert the Bruce (p. 138)

The Bells of Skelton New Church Tower (p. 139)

At Skelton Old Church (p. 140)

At Guisborough Abbey (p. 141)

Roseberry Topping (p. 142)

From Warsett Brow (p. 143)

The Enchanted Castle between Saltburn and Whitby (p. 144)


Yorkshire Coast – Runswick Bay

The Warrior’s Cradle-Song (p. 147)

Captain Cook: Boyhood at Staithes (p. 148)

At Staithes (p. 149)

Staithes Beck (p. 150)

Hinderwell (p. 151)

At Runswick (p. 152)

The Fisher Houses at Runswick Bay (p. 153)

A Retrospect. Off to the Fishing-Ground, Runswick (p. 154)

Kettleness and Hob Hole (p. 155)

The Giant of Mulgrave Dale (p. 156)

Patriotism in Mulgrave Woods (p. 157)

To and From Mulgrave Castle (p. 158)

The Mulgrave Stream (p. 159)


Yorkshire Coast – Whitby

The Sorrow of the Sea (p. 163)

Whitby (p. 164)

Saint Hilda (p. 165)

By the Esk at Whitby (p. 166)

A Contrast: Whitby (p. 167)

A Memory of Caedmon, Whitby (p. 168)

Sunrise at Whitby (p. 169)

A Sunset at Whitby (p. 170)

Whitby Abbey (p. 171)

Whitby Abbey. A Memory of the Synod 664, with its Settlement of the Easter Controversy (p. 172)

After the Herrings, Whitby (p. 173)

Herrings Fine! (p. 174)

In the Upper Harbour, Whitby (p. 175)

The Bell Buoy at the Harbour Mouth, Whitby (p. 176)

On the Harbour Pier, Whitby (p. 177)

Lights on Whitby Church Stairs (p. 178)

Saint Hilda’s Lights (p. 179)

Sunset Lights on the Windows of Saint Mary’s Church, Whitby (p. 180)

The Six O’clock Bell, Whitby (p. 181)

The Jet Worker (p. 182)

The Whitby Bells (p. 183)

Service in the Old Parish Church, Whitby (p. 184)

Drowned by the Upsetting of the Life-Boat, October 6, 1841. A Hero’s Grave in Whitby Churchyard (p. 185)

Farewell to Whitby (p. 186)

The Penny Edge (p. 187)

The Beggar’s Bridge, Glaisdale (p. 188)

On a Moorland Railway (p. 189)

Pickering Moor, from Near Saltersgate, in Heather-Time (p. 190)

Lilla Cross (p. 191)

Goathland (p. 192)

In Glaisdale Wood (p. 193)


Yorkshire Coast – Scarborough

Robin Hood’s Town (p. 197)

To Robin Hood’s Bay (p. 198)

Bay Town (p. 199)

Scarborough Castle (p. 200)

At the Parish Church, Scarborough (p. 201)

Oliver’s Mount (p. 202)

The Wanderer’s Tomb on the Filey Heights (p. 203)

The Dane’s Dyke, Flamborough Head (p. 204)

Flamborough (p. 205)

Sea Sympathy (p. 206)



Children on the Shore (p. 209)

Sea Coal (p. 210)

Skegness House (p. 211)

The Lincolnshire Marsh (p. 212)

Old Skegness Church (p. 213)

New Skegness (p. 214)

William of Wainfleet (p. 215)

Boston Church Tower (p. 216)

The East Fen (p. 217)

At Mablethorpe: An Episode in the Publication of the “Poems by Two Brothers.” (p. 218)

To Sir John Franklin. (By His Statue in the Spilsby Market-Place, at Night) (p. 219)

Sonnet Valedictory (p. 220)