Song on the Water (“As Mad Sexton’s Bell…”)

I

As mad sexton’s bell, tolling
   For earth’s loveliest daughter,
Night’s dumbness breaks rolling
            Ghostily:
   So our boat breaks the water
            Witchingly.

II

As her look the dream troubles
   Of her tearful-eyed lover,
So our sails in the bubbles
            Ghostily
Are mirrored, and hover
            Moonily.

[Kelsall, 1851]