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Poem by Alfred Tennyson
The Sailor Boy
He rose at dawn and, fired with hope, Shot o'er the seething harbour-bar, And reach'd the ship and caught the rope, And whistled to the morning star. And while he whistled long and loud He heard a fierce mermaiden cry, "O boy, tho' thou are young and proud, I see the place where thou wilt lie. "The sands and yeasty surges mix In caves about the dreary bay, And on thy ribs the limpet sticks, And in thy heart the scrawl shall play." "Fool," he answer'd , "death is sure To those that stay and those that roam, But I will nevermore endure To sit with empty hands at home. "My mother clings about my neck, My sisters crying, СStay for shame;' My father raves of death and wreck,- They are all to blame, they are all to blame. "God help me! save I take my part Of danger on the roaring sea, A devil rises in my heart, Far worse than any death to me."
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