Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

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O wind and stars, I am with you now; 
And ports of day, Good-by! 
When my captain Love puts out to sea, 
His mariner am I.

I set my shoulder to the prow,

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And launch from the pebbly shore.
The tide pulls out, and hints of time 
Blow in from the cool sea floor.

My sheering sail is a swift white wing
Crowding the gloom with haste; 

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I scud through the large and solemn world, 
And skim the wan grey waste.

O stars and wind, be with me now; 
And ports of night, draw near! 
No sooner the longed for seamark shines,

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Than the very dark grows dear.