Pine, Rose and Fleur de Lis

by Susie Frances Harrison


 

EN AVANT!


 

We must be off my mutineer,
       The limpid wave to splash and skim,
To-day you are requir’d to steer.

The wind is fair, nor yet doth veer,
       ’Tis five—by all the cherubim!

5
We must be off, my mutineer.

No more, O lazy sonneteer,
       Of verses wrought in idle whim,
To-day you are requir’d to steer.

The sun is high and chanticleer

10
       On land doth raise his morning hymn,
We must be off, my mutineer!

Now for a day without compeer,
       The long, long row, the cooling swim.
To-day you are requir’d to steer

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Silent as fish and swift as deer
       Among these isles. Sit down and trim!
We must be off, my mutineer;
To-day you are requir’d to steer.

 


 

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