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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

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

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 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!