Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE OLD FERRYMAN, by ANTIPHILUS OF BYZANTIUM

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THE OLD FERRYMAN, by            
First Line: Glaucus, the islander, whose ferry crossing
Last Line: Across the styx the veteran might ferry.
Subject(s): Ferry Boats

GLAUCUS, the islander, whose ferry crossing
Brought travellers to Thasos from the land,
Skilled ploughman of the sea, who even a-dozing
Guided his rudder with unfailing hand,
Grown old, a torn sea-tatter, near the mark
Of death, yet would not quit his ancient wherry;
With him, his shell they burned, that his own bark
Across the Styx the veteran might ferry.

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