Poetry Plus – The Coral Grove – A poem by James Gates Percival

The Coral Grove by James Gates Percival

Turquoise Waters Gleam

Turquoise Waters Gleam
Fishes dazzling radiant swim
Coral paradise

James Gates Percival, (1795 -1856) an American poet, surgeon, and geologist.He assisted Noah Webster in editing his great American Dictionary of the English Language of 1828. poetic works include Prometheus and The Dream of a Day (1843).

His poetic works include Prometheus and The Dream of a Day (1843). A short poem by him The Language of Flowers was set to music by the English composer Edward Elgar at the age of fourteen.

Poem Attribution © James Gates Percival, The Coral Grove

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-coral-grove/

Haiku Attribution Goff James, Turquoise Waters Gleam

Painting Attribution © Oksana Ivanik, The Golden Glow of the Sea, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-The-Golden-Glow-of-the-Sea/1012471/4668786/view

The Coral Grove by James Gates Percival

DEEP in the wave is a coral grove,
Where the purple mullet, and gold-fish rove,
Where the sea-flower spreads its leaves of blue,
That never are wet with falling dew,
But in bright and changeful beauty shine,
Far down in the green and glassy brine.
The floor is of sand, like the mountain drift,
And the pearl shells spangle the flinty snow;
From coral rocks the sea plants lift
Their boughs, where the tides and billows flow;
The water is calm and still below,
For the winds and waves are absent there,
And the sands are bright as the stars that glow
In the motionless fields of upper air:
There with its waving blade of green,
The sea-flag streams through the silent water,
And the crimson leaf of the dulse is seen
To bluch, like a banner bathed in slaughter:
There with a light and easy motion,
The fan-coral sweeps through the clear deep sea;
And the yellow and scarlet tufts of ocean
Are bending like corn on the upland lea:
And life, in rare and beautiful forms,
Is sporting amid those bowers of stone,
And is safe, when the wrathful spirit of storms,
Has made the top of the waves his own:
And when the ship from his fury flies,
Where the myriad voices of ocean roar,
When the wind-god frowns in the murky skies,
And demons are waiting the wreck on shore;
Then far below in the peaceful sea,
The purple mullet, and gold-fish rove,
Where the waters murmur tranquilly,
Through the bending twigs of the coral grove.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/james-gates-percival/biography/

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