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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
The Sea Mark
By Captain John Smith (1580–1631)
 
[Advertisements for the Unexperienced Planters of New England. 1631.]

ALOOF, aloof, and come no near.
The dangers do appear
Which, if my ruin had not been,
You had not seen:
I only lie upon this shelf        5
  To be a mark to all
  Which on the same may fall,
That none may perish but myself.
 
If in or outward you be bound
Do not forget to sound;        10
Neglect of that was caused of this
To steer amiss.
The seas were calm, the wind was fair,
  That made me so secure,
  That now I must endure        15
All weathers, be they foul or fair.
 
The winter’s cold, the summer’s heat
Alternatively beat
Upon my bruised sides, that rue,
Because too true,        20
That no relief can ever come:
  But why should I despair
  Being promised so fair,
That there shall be a day of Doom.
 
 
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