In celebration of the sea, from which an age ago all life emerged.
Epes Sargent (1813-80), the son of a prosperous merchant and ship owner, was an American editor, poet and playwright, author of Harper’s Cyclopaedia of British and American Poets.
A Life On The Ocean Wave
“A life on the ocean wave,
A home on the rolling deep,
Where the scattered waters rave,
And the winds their revels keep!
Like an eagle caged, I pine
On this dull, unchanging shore:
Oh! give me the flashing brine,
The spray and the tempest’s roar!
Once more on the deck I stand
Of my own swift-gliding craft:
Set sail! farewell to the land!
The gale follows fair abaft.
We shoot through the sparkling foam
Like an ocean-bird set free; –
Like the ocean-bird, our home
We’ll find far out on the sea.
The land is no longer in view,
The clouds have begun to frown;
But with a stout vessel and crew,
We’ll say, Let the storm come down!
And the song of our hearts shall be,
While the winds and the waters rave,
A home on the rolling sea!
A life on the ocean wave!”
Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900) was a Russian Romantic painter, who was considered one of the great marine artists in history.