Jean Ingelow

(17 March 1820 - 20 July 1897 / Boston, Lincolnshire)

A Sea Song - Poem by Jean Ingelow

Old Albion sat on a crag of late,
And sung out—'Ahoy! ahoy!
Long life to the captain, good luck to the mate,
And this to my sailor boy!
Come over, come home,
Through the salt sea foam,
My sailor, my sailor boy.

'Here's a crown to be given away, I ween,
A crown for my sailor's head,
And all for the worth of a widowed queen,
And the love of the noble dead,
And the fear and fame
Of the island's name
Where my boy was born and bred.

'Content thee, content thee, let it alone,
Thou marked for a choice so rare;
Though treaties be treaties, never a throne
Was proffered for cause as fair.
Yet come to me home,
Through the salt sea foam,
For the Greek must ask elsewhere.

' 'T is pity, my sailor, but who can tell?
Many lands they look to me;
One of these might be wanting a Prince as well,
But that's as hereafter may be.
She raised her white head
And laughed; and she said
'That's as hereafter may be.'


Comments about A Sea Song by Jean Ingelow

  • The Poet Poet (7/19/2017 9:55:00 PM)


    user rating so low
    yet the poem of the day
    wonder if compy is okay

    this surely must be the best poem of TO DAY
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  • (7/19/2017 10:38:00 AM)


    Simply superb, the rhythm as also the theme of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/19/2017 10:10:00 AM)


    The gallant rhythm belies the plaintive heart of the one who must spend her days scanning the horizon for the return of her love. A false bravado fills the sails of these stanzas with a gaiety that must be summoned from the courage of a heart that has no other choice. Winsome and charming, but touches the hollow places where fear and loneliness find their abode. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/19/2017 6:58:00 AM)


    I enjoyed this poem. Top mark. (Report) Reply

    Seamus O' Brian Seamus O' Brian (7/19/2017 10:14:00 AM)

    Robert, I'm glad you found a good one to make you smile. I thought the recent onslaught of grimace-inducing poetry was turning you into the PH Grinch. All in good fun, my friend.
    Cheers.

  • Rajnish Manga (7/19/2017 2:59:00 AM)


    This is like the sailors' anthem for whom the other name of life is sailing on the sea. Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/19/2017 12:39:00 AM)


    Reminds me of the song SAILING popularized by CHRISTOPHER CROSS.. Thanks for posting....👍 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010



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