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Poem by Jean Ingelow


A Sea Song


Old Albion sat on a crag of late,
And sung outЧ'Ahoy! ahoy!
Long life to the captain, good luck to the mate,
And this to my sailor boy!
Come over, come home,
Through the salt sea foam,
My sailor, my sailor boy.

'Here's a crown to be given away, I ween,
A crown for my sailor's head,
And all for the worth of a widowed queen,
And the love of the noble dead,
And the fear and fame
Of the island's name
Where my boy was born and bred.

'Content thee, content thee, let it alone,
Thou marked for a choice so rare;
Though treaties be treaties, never a throne
Was proffered for cause as fair.
Yet come to me home,
Through the salt sea foam,
For the Greek must ask elsewhere.

' 'T is pity, my sailor, but who can tell?
Many lands they look to me;
One of these might be wanting a Prince as well,
But that's as hereafter may be.
She raised her white head
And laughed; and she said
'That's as hereafter may be.' 



Jean Ingelow


Jean Ingelow's other poems:
  1. Perdita
  2. The Measureless Gulfs Of Air Are Full Of Thee
  3. Grand Is The Leisure Of The Earth
  4. Requiescat In Pace!
  5. A Song in Three Parts


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Clinton Scollard A Sea Song ("Dolphins under and sea-gulls over")

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