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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Wings of the Morning (1904)
I. London Pool
By Cicely Fox-Smith (1882–1954)
 
LONDON Pool’s in London town,
  (Ay, boys! O boys!)
London Pool’s in London town,
Where the great ships anchor down!
O to shake our canvas free,        5
Hear the cordage cheerily
Whistling to the open sea
  Down from London Pool, O!
 
London Pool’s a crowded place.
  (Ay, boys! O boys!)        10
London Pool’s a crowded place,
Crafts and crews of every race!
O to hear the clanking chain
Trail along the wharf again—
Hear the tautening ropes astrain        15
  Down from London Pool, O!
 
London Pool’s a gallant sight,
  (Ay, boys! O boys!)
London Pool’s a gallant sight,
Toil by day and glare by night!        20
O to shake our heels and go—
Feel the four free winds’ ablow,
Hail the lights of long ago
  Down from London Pool, O!
 
 
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