Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

LV


 

You old men with frosty beards, 
I am wiser than you all; 
I have seen a fairer page 
Than Belshazzar's wall.

You young men with scornful lips, 

5

I am stronger than you all; 
I have sown the Cadmian field 
Where no shadows fall.

For a woman yesterday 
Loved me, body, soul, and all.

10
Saints will lift their crowns to me 
At the Judgment Call.