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Sailing Poems

Table of Contents

  1. Sailing by Dorothy Allen
  2. A Life on the Ocean Wave by Epes Sargent
  3. At Sea by Sara Teasdale
  4. Sailing To-Night by Anonymous
  5. The Old Sail-Boat by Francis Charles MacDonald

  1. Sailing

    by Dorothy Allen

    Swiftly cutting through the water,
    Falling spray on either side,
    Coyly dipping,
    Rising, skipping,
    Borne along by wind and tide,
    Merrily my boat doth glide.

    Oh, the sunlight, how it flickers,
    Showering diamonds on the way!
    Madly dancing,
    Shining, glancing,
    Slyly beckoning, come and play,
    Be, like us, bright, free, and gay.

    And I sing a song for gladness,
    Send it echoing toward the sea;
    I am happy,
    Happy, happy!
    Blow ye winds! Blow joyfully,
    Nor sigh; but sing and laugh with me.

  2. A Life on the Ocean Wave

    by Epes Sargent

    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
    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:
    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
    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!
    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!

  3. At Sea

    by Sara Teasdale

    In the pull of the wind I stand, lonely,
    On the deck of a ship, rising, falling,
    Wild night around me, wild water under me,
    Whipped by the storm, screaming and calling.

    Earth is hostile and the sea hostile,
    Why do I look for a place to rest?
    I must fight always and die fighting
    With fear an unhealing wound in my breast.

  4. Sailing To-Night

    by Anonymous

    There’s a ship on the sea. It is sailing to-night—
    Sailing to-night;—
    And father’s aboard, and the moon is all bright—
    Shining and bright.
    Dear Moon, he’ll be sailing for many a night—
    Sailing from mother and me;
    Oh, follow the ship with your silvery light,
    As father sails over the sea!

  5. The Old Sail-Boat

    by Francis Charles MacDonald

    Dismasted, rudderless, sides agape,
    She lies upon the beach a wreck,—
    She that was wont, a lovely shape,
    To sail with beauty on her deck.

    Beneath the moon before the wind
    She sped, and floods of silvery speech
    Poured over her: yet now I find
    Only the hulk upon the beach.

    For they are gone; the house is gone;
    Beauty has faded, lips are still:
    The old boat on the beach alone
    Lies in the shadow of the hill.