Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SHIPS OF FORTUNE, by ISADORE DOUGLAS COYLE



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SHIPS OF FORTUNE, by            
First Line: The port of hearts' desire lies far
Last Line: For ships that never come home.
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping; Wellesley College


I

THE Port of Hearts' Desire lies far
Across the shining sea;
But the little ships whose sails are dreams
Go swiftly out where its beacon gleams,
Like prisoned birds set free.

II

The Port of Hearts' Desire lies far,
The tossing sea is wide;
And a laden ship rides low in a gale,
While storms will shatter a dream-built sail,
And reefs lie under the tide.

III

The Port of Hearts' Desire lies far,
The sea is ribbed with foam;
And many there be that hope and wait,
Till hearts grow old and years grow late,
For ships that never come home.





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