Classic and Contemporary Poetry
EPITAPH FOR A SAILOR BURIED ASHORE, by CHARLES GEORGE DOUGLAS ROBERTS Poet's Biography
First Line: He who but yesterday would roam
Last Line: Whose will the water's will!
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Funerals; Sailing & Sailors; Burials
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,
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,
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,
Whose will the water's will!
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