"The Shipwreck"

by Lord Byron

Then rose from sea to sky the wild farewell,
Then shriek’d the timid and stood still the brave,
Then some leap’d overboard, with dreadful yell,
As eager to anticipate their grave;
And the sea yawn’d around her like a hell,
And down she suck’d with her the whirling wave,
Like one who grapples with his enemy,
And strives to strangle him before he die.

And first one universal shriek there rush’d,
Louder than the loud ocean, like a crash,
Of echoing thunder; and then all was hush’d
Save the wild wind and the remorseless dash
Of billows; but at intervals there gush’d
Accompanied with a convulsive splash,
A solitary shriek, the bubbling cry
Of some strong swimmer in his agony.”