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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
Epitaph for a Sailor Buried Ashore
By Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
HE, who, but yesterday would roam
  Careless as clouds and currents range,
In homeless wandering most at home,
  Inhabiter of change:
Who wooed the West to win the East,        5
  And named the stars of North and South,
And felt the zest of Freedom’s feast
  Familiar in his mouth:
Who found a faith in stranger speech,
  And fellowship in foreign hands,        10
And had within his eager reach
  The relish of all lands—
How circumscribed a plot of earth
  Keeps now his restless footsteps still,
Whose wish was wide as ocean’s girth,        15
  Whose will the water’s will!

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