World Library  


The Wanderer

By Ledwidge, Francis

Description
Poetry

Excerpt
Excerpt: All day they loitered by the resting ships, // Telling their beauties over, taking stock; // At night the verdict left my messmate's lips, // The Wanderer is the finest ship in dock. // I had not seen her, but a friend, since drowned, // Drew her, with painted ports, low, lovely, lean, // Saying, The Wanderer, clipper, outward bound, // The loveliest ship my eyes have ever seen- // Perhaps to-morrow you will see her sail. // She sails at sunrise: but the morrow showed // No Wanderer setting forth for me to hail; // Far down the stream men pointed where she rode, // Rode the great trackway to the sea, dim, dim, // Already gone before the stars were gone. // I saw her at the sea-line's smoky rim // Grow swiftly vaguer as they towed her on. // Soon even her masts were hidden in the haze // Beyond the city; she was on her course // To trample billows for a hundred days; // That afternoon the northerner gathered force, // Blowing a small snow from a point of east. // Oh, fair for her, we said, to take her south. // And in our spirits, as the wind increased, // We saw her there, beyond the river mouth, // Setting her side-lights in the wildering dark, // To glint upon mad water, while the gale // Roared like a battle, snapping like a shark, // And drunken seamen struggled with the sail. // While with sick hearts her mates put out of mind // Their little children, left astern, ashore, // And the gale's gathering made the darkness' blind, // Water and air one intermingled roar. // Then we forgot her, for the fiddlers played, // Dancing and singing held our merry crew; // The old ship moaned a little as she swayed. // It blew all night, oh, bitter hard it blew! // So that at midnight I was called on deck // To keep an anchor-watch: I heard the sea // Roar past in white procession filled with wreck; // Intense bright stars burned frosty over me, // And the Greek brig beside us dipped and dipped, // White to the muzzle like a half-tide rock, // Drowned to the mainmast with the seas she shipped; // Her cable-swivels clanged at every shock.

Click here to view

Book Id: WPLBN0000709483
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 138,983 KB.
Reproduction Date: 2007
Full Text


Title: The Wanderer  
Author: Ledwidge, Francis
Volume:
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collection: Poetry Collection
Subcollection:
Historic
Publication Date:
Publisher: World Public Library Association
QR link for The Wanderer
Add to Book Shelf
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Book
 

Click To View

Other Books I Looked at: Click to view all Books in my History


  • The Wanderer (by )
    Book Rating (132)
Scroll Left
Scroll Right

Click To View

People also read these books: Click to view all Additional Books


  • War Song (by )
    Book Rating (132)
  • Song of a Train (by )
    Book Rating (200)
  • A Runnable Stag (by )
    Book Rating (132)
  • Aubade (by )
    Book Rating (118)
  • It Is Not Beauty I Demand (by )
    Book Rating (200)
  • The Face on the Barroom Floor (by )
    Book Rating (175)
  • Delia (by )
    Book Rating (155)
  • Delia (by )
    Book Rating (200)
  • Delia (by )
    Book Rating (118)
  • Love Is a Sickness (by )
    Book Rating (200)
  • The Pleasure Boat (by )
    Book Rating (175)
  • The Sheep and the Bramble-Bush (by )
    Book Rating (155)
Scroll Left
Scroll Right

Click To View

Other Books by Same Author: Click to view all books by Ledwidge, Francis


  • The Complete Poems of Francis Ledwidge; ... (by )
    Book Rating (200)
  • The Complete Poems of Francis Ledwidge (by )
    Book Rating (175)
  • Complete Poems. With an Introduction by ... (by )
    Book Rating (132)
  • Thomas Macdonagh (by )
    Book Rating (132)
  • The Wanderer (by )
    Book Rating (132)
  • In France (by )
    Book Rating (175)
  • The Wife of Llew (by )
    Book Rating (200)
  • Songs of the Field (by )
    Book Rating (3)
  • Songs of the Field (by )
    Book Rating (3)
  • Songs of Peace (by )
    Book Rating (3)
Scroll Left
Scroll Right

Click To View

Other Books with Same Subject: Click to view all books in Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama


  • 42 Days for Murder 
    Book Rating (1)
  • A Beleaguered City 
    Book Rating (200)
  • A Bier for Baby 
    Book Rating (132)
  • A Book of Remarkable Criminals 
    Book Rating (155)
  • A Bracelet at Bruges 
    Book Rating (200)
  • A Bushranger at Bay 
    Book Rating (175)
  • A Classic Forgery 
    Book Rating (132)
  • A Comedy on the Gold Coast 
    Book Rating (132)
  • A Costume Piece 
    Book Rating (175)
  • A Damsel in Distress 
    Book Rating (200)
Scroll Left
Scroll Right

 

Desktop View       Kiosk View

Copyright © World Public Library. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Public Library are sponsored by the World Public Library Association,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.