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Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849)

Song from the Ship

              1  To sea, to sea! The calm is o'er;
              2    The wanton water leaps in sport,
              3And rattles down the pebbly shore;
              4    The dolphin wheels, the sea-cows snort,
              5And unseen Mermaids' pearly song
              6Comes bubbling up, the weeds among.
              7    Fling broad the sail, dip deep the oar:
              8    To sea, to sea! the calm is o'er.

              9  To sea, to sea! our wide-winged bark
            10    Shall billowy cleave its sunny way,
            11And with its shadow, fleet and dark,
            12    Break the caved Tritons' azure day,
            13Like mighty eagle soaring light
            14O'er antelopes on Alpine height.
            15    The anchor heaves, the ship swings free,
            16    The sails swell full. To sea, to sea!


1] First published, posthumously, in 1850. In an early form the play seems to have been completed by 1830, but Beddoes added and rewrote until his death in 1848. It is a strange revenge play written in the Elizabethan manner. The Song from the Ship marks the departure of an expedition from Ancona to rescue Duke Melveric from captivity among the Moors.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Death's jest-book; or, The fool's tragedy (London: W. Pickering, 1850). B-11 4357 Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1850
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.2.337; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24

Rhyme: ababccdd

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