Oscar panted and shouted with pleasure among the breakers where

he could not stand two minutes; the blow of a

roller that beat him off his feet made him laugh

and cry out in ecstasy; he rioted in the roaring

water like a young sea-beast, sprang at the throat of

the waves that threw him flat, pressed up against their

soft fierce bosoms and fought for their sharp embraces; grappled

with them as lover with lover, flung himself upon them

with limbs that yielded deliciously, till the scourging of the

surf made him red from the shoulders to the knees.


Paraphrases from the novel Lesbia Brandon by Algernon Swinburne.