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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Sir Humphrey Gilbert
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
 
  SOUTHWARD with fleet of ice
    Sailed the corsair Death;
Wild and fast blew the blast,
  And the east wind was his breath.
 
  His lordly ships of ice        5
    Glisten in the sun;
On each side, like pennons wide,
  Flashing crystal streamlets run.
 
  His sails of white sea mist
    Dripped with silver rain;        10
But where he passed there were cast
  Leaden shadows o’er the main.
 
  Eastward from Campobello
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed;
Three days or more seaward he bore,        15
  Then, alas! the land wind failed.
 
  Alas! the land wind failed,
    And ice-cold grew the night;
And nevermore, on sea or shore,
  Should Sir Humphrey see the light.        20
 
  He sat upon the deck,
    The Book was in his hand;
“Do not fear! heaven is as near,”
  He said, “by water as by land!”
 
  In the first watch of the night,        25
    Without a signal’s sound,
Out of the sea mysteriously
  The fleet of Death rose all around.
 
  The moon and the evening star
    Were hanging in the shrouds:        30
Every mast, as it passed,
  Seemed to rake the passing clouds.
 
  They grappled with their prize,
    At midnight black and cold!
As of a rock was the shock;        35
  Heavily the ground-swell rolled.
 
  Southward through day and dark
    They drift in close embrace,
With mist and rain, o’er the open main;
  Yet there seems no change of place.        40
 
  Southward, forever southward,
    They drift through dark and day;
And like a dream, in the Gulf Stream
  Sinking, vanish all away.
 
 
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