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Poem by Sidney Lanier


A Song of the Future


Sail fast, sail fast,
Ark of my hopes, Ark of my dreams;
Sweep lordly oer the drowned Past,
Fly glittering through the suns strange beams;
Sail fast, sail fast.
Breaths of new buds from off some drying lea
With news about the Future scent the sea:
My brain is beating like the heart of Haste:
Ill loose me a bird upon this Present waste;
Go, trembling song,
And stay not long; oh, stay not long:
Thourt only a gray and sober dove,
But thine eye is faith and thy wing is love.



Sidney Lanier


Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. A Sea-Shore Grave. To M. J. L.
  2. Nilsson
  3. The Wedding
  4. Thou and I
  5. A Florida Ghost


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