Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 29, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: Sea Song

by William Ellery Channing (1817 – 1901).

 

Sea Song

 

Our boat to the waves go free,

By the bending tide, where the curled wave breaks,

Like the track of the wind on the white snowflakes:

Away, away! ‘Tis a path o’er the sea.

 

Blasts may rave, — spread the sail,                                                    5

For our spirits can wrest the power from the wind,

And the gray clouds yield to the sunny mind,

Fear not we the whirl of the gale.

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Waves on the beach, and the wild sea-foam,

With a leap, and a dash, and a sudden cheer,                               10

Where the seaweed makes its bending home,

And the sea-birds swim on the crests so clear,

Wave after wave, they are curling o’er,

While the white sand dazzles along the shore.

 

Notes:

http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/transcendentalism/authors/channing/

http://www.bookrags.com/biography/william-ellery-channing-ii-dlb/


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