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TO JOSIAH ROYCE, by            
First Line: Seaward he set his course, nor hugg'd the / shore
Last Line: And find the pole-star of your loyalty!
Subject(s): Explorers; Royce, Josiah (1855-1916); Sailing & Sailors; Sea Voyages; Travel; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Seamen; Sails; Journeys; Trips


SEAWARD he set his course, nor hugg'd the shore
Of circumstance, resolv'd, dauntless, to sound
The deep unfathomable seas, explore
Alone far caverns measureless, profound,
Seek that which lies below, beyond, behind
The knower and the known, and when the West
Salutes the stars with rose and gold, to find
The foam-reef'd Isles of Hesperus—the Bless'd.

Teach me your secret, O great mariner,
That when my tides of faith are all but spent,
When night and chilling winds afflict the sea,
When though at home I am a foreigner
And homesick, I may somehow learn content
And find the pole-star of your loyalty!





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