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Poem by Sydney Thompson Dobell

The Sailor's Return

This morn I lay a-dreaming,
This morn, this merry morn,
When the cock crew shrill from over the hill,
I heard a bugle horn.

And thro' the dream I was dreaming,
There sighed the sigh of the sea,
And thro' the dream I was dreaming,
This voice came singing to me.

'High over the breakers,
Low under the lee,
Sing ho
The billow,
And the lash of the rolling sea!

'Boat, boat, to the billow,
Boat, boat, to the lee!
Love on thy pillow,
Art thou dreaming of me?

'Billow, billow, breaking,
Land us low on the lee!
For sleeping or waking,
Sweet love, I am coming to thee!

'High, high, o'er the breakers,
Low, low, on the lee,
Sing ho!
The billow
That brings me back to thee!' 

Sydney Thompson Dobell

Sydney Thompson Dobell's other poems:
  1. The Gaberlunzie's Walk
  2. The Captain's Wife
  3. On Receiving a Book from Dante Rossetti
  4. The Army Surgeon
  5. The Market-Wife's Song

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