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Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904)

You Say, Columbus with his Argosies


              1You say, Columbus with his argosies
              2Who rash and greedy took the screaming main
              3And vanished out before the hurricane
              4Into the sunset after merchandise,
              5Then under western palms with simple eyes
              6Trafficked and robbed and triumphed home again:
              7You say this is the glory of the brain
              8And human life no other use than this?
              9I then do answering say to you: The line
            10Of wizards and of saviours, keeping trust
            11In that which made them pensive and divine,
            12Passes before us like a cloud of dust.
            13What were they? Actors, ill and mad with wine,
            14And all their language babble and disgust.

Notes

1] argosies: fleet of ships.


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: The Poems of Trumbull Stickney, ed. George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Ellerton Lodge (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905): 79 (the first poem in the "Sonnets" group). PS 3537 T525 1905 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1902
Publication date note: Dramatic Verses (1902), p. 71
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: abbaabbacdcdcd


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