Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | February 26, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: A Life on the Ocean Wave

by Epes Sargent (1813 – 1880).

 

A Life on the Ocean Wave

 

A life on the ocean wave,  

  A home on the rolling deep,  

Where the scattered waters rave,  

  And the winds their revels keep:  

Like an eagle caged, I pine                                    5

  On this dull, unchanging shore:  

Oh! give me the flashing brine,  

  The spray and the tempest’s roar!  

  

Once more on the deck I stand  

  Of my own swift-gliding craft:                         10

Set sail! farewell to the land!  

  The gale follows fair abaft.  

We shoot through the sparkling foam   

  Like an ocean bird set free;—  

Like the ocean bird, our home                           15

  We’ll find far out on the sea.  

  

The land is no longer in view,  

  The clouds have begun to frown;  

But with a stout vessel and crew,  

  We’ll say, Let the storm come down!            20

And the song of our hearts shall be,  

  While the winds and the waters rave,  

A home on the rolling sea!  

  A life on the ocean wave!

 

Notes:

http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/10042041

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epes_Sargent_(poet)


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