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First Line: Steer, bold mariner, on! Albeit witlings deride thee
Last Line: What is promised by one, surely the other performs.
Alternate Author Name(s): Schiller, Friedrich Von
Subject(s): Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506); Explorers; United States - History; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers

STEER, bold mariner, on! albeit witlings deride thee,
And the steersman drop idly his hand at the helm.
Ever and ever to westward! there must the coast be discovered,
If it but lie distinct, luminous lie in thy mind.
Trust to the God that leads thee, and follow the sea that is silent;
Did it not yet exist, now would it rise from the flood.
Nature with Genius stands united in league everlasting;
What is promised by one, surely the other performs.

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