My Ships By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My Ships By Ella Wheeler Wilcox If all the ships I have at sea Should come a-sailing home to me, From sunny lands, and lands of cold, Ah well! the harbor could not hold So many sails as there would be If all my ships came in from sea. If half my ships came home […]

The Ship And Her Makers By John Masefield

The Ship And Her Makers By John Masefield                                    THE ORE Before Man’s labouring wisdom gave me birth I had not even seen the light of day; Down in the central darkness of the earth, Crushed by the weight of […]

The Spirit Of The North By Oscar Williams

The Spirit Of The North By Oscar Williams The sea blood slumbering in our veins Through the life we’ve led on hills and plains Has caught the sound of waves once more That break upon the northern shore. And a thousand years are swept away — The Vikings’ time was yesterday — We cannot live […]

The Ship, Solid And Black By Juan Ramón Jiménez Translated By Robert Bly

The Ship, Solid And Black By Juan Ramón Jiménez Translated By Robert Bly The ship, solid and black, enters the clear blackness of the great harbor.                               Quiet and cold.                                            —The people waiting are still asleep, dreaming, and warm, far away and still stretched out in this    dream, perhaps . . .    How real our watch is, […]

A Sail By Ruby Archer

A Sail By Ruby Archer From the delicate mist of morning A sail appeared to me; And I cried: ‘Oh, here is my ship come in, My ship from over the sea, “Bearing a cargo of amber, Beryl of Orient fame, A mystic rune, and a magic wand, And a fairing I may not name.” […]

Shipwreck By Emily Dickinson

Shipwreck By Emily Dickinson It tossed and tossed, — A little brig I knew, — O’ertook by blast, It spun and spun, And groped delirious, for morn. It slipped and slipped, As one that drunken stepped; Its white foot tripped, Then dropped from sight. Ah, brig, good-night To crew and you; The ocean’s heart too […]

Sailing To-Night By Anonymous

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 […]

A Burnt Ship By John Donne

A Burnt Ship By John Donne Out of a fired ship, which by no way But drowning could be rescued from the flame, Some men leap’d forth, and ever as they came Near the foes’ ships, did by their shot decay; So all were lost, which in the ship were found, They in the sea […]

The Ship Of Death By D. H. Lawrence

The Ship Of Death By D. H. Lawrence I Now it is autumn and the falling fruitand the long journey towards oblivion. The apples falling like great drops of dewto bruise themselves an exit from themselves. And it is time to go, to bid farewellto one’s own self, and find an exitfrom the fallen self. II Have you built your […]

Old Ironsides By Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Old Ironsides By Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!Long has it waved on high,And many an eye has danced to seeThat banner in the sky;Beneath it rung the battle shout,And burst the cannon’s roar;—The meteor of the ocean airShall sweep the clouds no more! Her deck, once red with heroes’ bloodWhere […]