Cicely Fox Smith

(1882-1954 / England)

Merchantmen (1917)

All honour be to merchantmen,
And ships of all degree,
In warlike dangers manifold
Who sail and keep the sea, -
In peril of unlitten coast
And death-besprinkled foam,
Who daily dare a hundred deaths
To bring their cargoes home.

A liner out of Liverpool - a tanker from the Clyde -
A hard-run tramp from anywhere - a tug from Merseyside -
A cattle - boat from Birkenhead - a coaler from the Tyne -
All honour be to merchantmen while any star shall shine!

All honour be to merchantmen,
And ships both great and small,
The swift and strong to run their race
(And smite their foes withal),
The little ships that sink or swim,
And pay the pirates' toll,
Unarmoured save by valiant hearts
And strong in nought but soul.

All honour be to merchantmen
So long as tides shall run,
Who gave the seas their glorious dead
From rise to set of sun;
All honour be to merchantmen
While England's name shall stand,
Who sailed and fought, and dared and died,
And served and saved their land!

A sailing ship from Liverpool - a tanker from the Clyde -
A schooner from the West Countrie - a tug from Merseyside -
A fishing smack from Grimsby town - a coaler from the Tyne -
All honour be to merchantmen while sun and moon do shine!

Submitted: Monday, August 30, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Merchantmen (1917) by Cicely Fox Smith )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love .., Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »


New Poems

  1. Miles away, hannah wilbert
  2. (8) जिख्लाबसे लाइजाम: 'रैसुमै'नो, Ronjoy Brahma
  3. A life unexamined, Robert Plese
  4. Dying, Dipankar Chakraborty
  5. Quotation # 5, saint cynosure ( Ken Bennigh ..
  6. Control, Robert Plese
  7. Time is your worst enemy, Leong Ming Loong
  8. Price, Nassy Fesharaki
  9. Hate Is A Strong Word, Michael Webb
  10. The marvelous designer., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
[Hata Bildir]