Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
VII. The Sea
“A life on the ocean wave”
Epes Sargent (1813–1880)
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        5
  On this dull, unchanging shore:
O, 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:        10
Set sail! farewell to the land;
  The gale follows fair abaft.
We shoot through the sparkling foam,
  Like an ocean-bird set free,—
Like the ocean-bird, our home        15
  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!        20
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!

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