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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
“O Navis”
 
Austin Dobson (1840–1921)
 
 
SHIP, to the roadstead rolled,
  What dost thou?—O, once more
Regain the port. Behold!
  Thy sides are bare of oar,
  Thy tall mast wounded sore        5
Of Africus, and see,
  What shall thy spars restore!—
Tempt not thy tyrant sea!
 
What cable now will hold
  When all drag out from shore!        10
What god canst thou, too bold,
  In time of need implore!
  Look! for thy sails flap o’er,
Thy stiff shrouds part and flee,
  Fast—fast thy seams outpour,—        15
Tempt not the tyrant sea!
 
What though thy ribs of old
  The pines of Pontus bore!
Not now to stern of gold
  Men trust, or painted prore!        20
  Thou, or thou count’st it store
A toy of winds to be,
  Shun thou the Cyclads’ roar,—
Tempt not the tyrant sea!
 
ENVOY

Ship of the State, before
        25
  A care, and now to me
A hope in my heart’s core,—
  Tempt not the tyrant sea!
 

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