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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Magellan
By George Allan Mackenzie (1849–1936)
 
THERE is no change upon the deep;
  Each day they see the prospect wide
Of yesterday: the same waves leap:
  The same pale clouds the distance hide,
  Or shaped to mountain-peaks their hopes of land deride.        5
 
On, and still on, the soft winds bear
  The rocking vessel, and the main
That is so pitiless and so fair,
  Seems like a billowy, boundless plain
  Where one might sail, and sail, and ever sail in vain.        10
 
Famine is there with haggard cheek,
  And Fever stares from hollow eyes;
And sullen murmurs rise, that speak
  Curses on him whose mad emprise
  Has lured men from their homes to die ’neath alien skies.        15
 
But he, the captain, he is calm:
  His glance compels the mutineer:
In fainting hearts he pours the balm
  Of sympathy and lofty cheer:
  ‘Courage, a few more leagues will prove the earth a sphere.        20
 
‘The world is round: there is an end:
  We do not vainly toil and roam:
The kiss of wife, the clasp of friend,
  The fountains and the vines of home
  Wait us beyond the cloud, beyond the edge of foam.        25
 
 
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