Francis William Lauderdale Adams

(27 September 1862 – 4 September 1893)

A Mahomedan Ship Fireman


UP from the oven pit,
The hell where poor men toil,
At the sunset hour he comes
Clean-clothed, washed from soil.
On the fo'c's'le head he kneels,
His face to the hallowed West.
He prays, and bows and prays.
Does he pray for death and rest?

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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