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“Columbus” by William Watson
“Columbus” by William Watson

“Columbus” by William Watson

(12TH OCTOBER 1492) From his adventurous prime He dreamed the dream sublime: Over his wandering youth It hung, a beckoning star. At last the vision fled, And left him in its stead The scarce sublimer truth, The world he found afar. The scattered isles that stand Warding the mightier land Yielded their maidenhood To his imperious prow. The mainland within call Lay vast and virginal: In its blue porch he stood: No more did fate allow. No more! but ah, how much, To be the first to touch The veriest azure hem Of that majestic robe! Lord of the lordly sea, Earth’s mightiest sailor he: Great Captain among them, The captors of the globe. When shall the world forget Thy glory and our debt, Indomitable soul, Immortal Genoese? Not while the shrewd salt gale Whines amid shroud and sail, Above the rhythmic roll And thunder of the seas.

Poem can be found on ReadBookOnline.net. See also The Poems of William Watson (John Lane, The Bodley Head, London & New York, 1905), The Collected Poems of William Watson (John Lane, New York and London, 1899), and Lachrymae Musarum & Other Poems (MacMillan and Co., London and New York, 1892).

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