This is farewell. I shall wait beneath the moss Until the flowers are fragrant In this island country of Japan.
A series of rulers from distant lands culminated in the Portuguese occupation from the early 1500's right through to 1961. Virtually all these occupants devoted their time to constructing more and more elaborate fortresses to protect the island from invasion....And the Portuguese also devoted a great deal of time to fortifying themselves with the excellent wines of their homeland .
Jeder Engl a« nder ist eine Insel. Every Englishman is an island.
The barren island dreams in flowers, while blow The south winds, drawing haze o'er sea and land; Yet the great heart of ocean, throbbing slow, Makes the frail blossoms vibrate where they stand; And hints of heavier pulses soon to shake Its mighty breast when summer is no more, And devastating waves sweep on and break, And clasp with girdle white the iron shore.celia thaxter
Then Harrow-on-the-Hill's a rocky island And Harrow churchyard full of sailor's graves, And the constant click and kissing of the trolley busses hissing Is the level to the Wealdstone turned to waves.john betjeman