Bliss William Carman

(15 April 1861 – 8 June 1929 / New Brunswick)

A Song Before Sailing - Poem by Bliss William Carman

Wind of the dead men's feet,
Blow down the empty street
Of this old city by the sea
With news for me!
Blow me beyond the grime
And pestilence of time!
I am too sick at heart to war
With failure any more.
Thy chill is in my bones;
The moonlight on the stones
Is pale, and palpable, and cold;
I am as one grown old.

I call from room to room
Through the deserted gloom;
The echoes are all words I know,
Lost in some long ago.

I prowl from door to door,
And find no comrade more.
The wolfish fear that children feel
Is snuffing at my heel.

I hear the hollow sound
Of a great ship coming round,
The thunder of tackle and the tread
Of sailors overhead.

That stormy-blown hulloo
Has orders for me, too.
I see thee, hand at mouth, and hark,
My captain of the dark.

O wind of the great East,
By whom we are released
From this strange dusty port to sail
Beyond our fellows' hail,

Under the stars that keep
The entry of the deep,
Thy somber voice brings up the sea's
Forgotten melodies;

And I have no more need
Of bread, or wine, or creed,
Bound for the colonies of time
Beyond the farthest prime.

Wind of the dead men's feet,
Blow through the empty street;
The last adventurer am I,
Then, world, goodby!

Comments about A Song Before Sailing by Bliss William Carman

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/21/2017 10:26:00 PM)

    A good display of quatrain.
    An excellent use of rhyme and sound effects.
    Nice poem!
    Sylva-Onyema Uba
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  • Amar Agarwala (1/21/2017 12:37:00 PM)

    Reading the verses of William Carman for the first time. And found it really nice. (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2017 10:54:00 AM)

    Awesome and superb poem that is rich in rhyme and rhythm and at the same time is with deep meaning. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/21/2017 10:39:00 AM)

    Inspiring poem
    Nicely thought and written, thanks for sharing it and congrats for the honours. (Report) Reply

  • Loppo Louie (1/21/2017 9:14:00 AM)

    A Song Before Sailing
    Love this poem & where it leads. (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/21/2017 6:52:00 AM)

    Creed, reed!
    Need. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Hamzat Oluwarotimi (1/21/2017 4:45:00 AM)

    Nice piece poet, death is a necesity (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/21/2017 4:11:00 AM)

    tom allport
    great write of what was and what is to come to us all? (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (1/21/2017 2:40:00 AM)

    A touching dolorous poem indeed- -10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/21/2017 1:33:00 AM)

    Nice poem..... Thanks for sharing...... (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/3/2015 4:28:00 PM)

    He is a master - - he sails this poem through the gloom and pain of this world and makes us fear the deep (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 13, 2010

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