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First Line: There was no song nor shout of joy
Last Line: Or silks or gold.
Alternate Author Name(s): Eagle, Solomon; Squire, J. C.
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping

There was no song nor shout of joy
Nor beam of moon or sun,
When she came back from the voyage
Long ago begun;
But twilight on the waters
Was quiet and grey,
And she glided steady, steady and pensive,
Over the open bay.

Her sails were brown and ragged.
And her crew hollow-eyed.
But their silent lips spoke content
And their shoulders pride;
Though she had no captives on her deck,
And in her hold
There were no heaps of corn or timber
Or silks or gold.

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