Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1835–1860
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
A Life on the Ocean Wave
By Epes Sargent (1813–1880)
[Born in Gloucester, Mass., 1813. Died in Boston, Mass., 1880. From Harper’s Cyclopædia of British and American Poetry. Edited by Epes Sargent. 1882.]

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:
Oh! 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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