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First Line: Worn voyagers, who watch for land
Last Line: Is our heart's home, is our life's best.
Subject(s): Memory


WORN voyagers, who watch for land
Across the endless wastes of sea,
Who gaze before and on each hand,
Why look ye not to what ye flee?

The stars by which the sailors steer
Not always rise before the prow;
Though forward nought but clouds appear,
Behind, they may be breaking now.

What though we may not turn again
To shores of childhood that we leave,
Are those old signs we followed vain?
Can guides so oft found true deceive?

Oh, sail we to the south or north,
Oh, sail we to the east or west,
The port from which we first put forth
Is our heart's home, is our life's best.





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