Harry Kemp

(15 December 1883 – 8 August 1960 / Youngstown, Ohio)

Chanteys - Poem by Harry Kemp

These are the songs that we sing with crowding feet,
Heaving up the anchor chain,
Or walking down the deck in the wind and sleet
And in the drizzle and rain.

These are the songs that we sing beneath the sun,
Or under the stars of night,
And they help us through with the work to be done
When the moon climbs into sight.

These are the songs that tell our inmost hopes
While we pull and haul a-main,
The bo'sun booming as we lean with the ropes,
And we, bringing in the refrain.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010



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