Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

A Song Of The Future. - Poem by Sidney Lanier

Sail fast, sail fast,
Ark of my hopes, Ark of my dreams;
Sweep lordly o'er the drowned Past,
Fly glittering through the sun's strange beams;
Sail fast, sail fast.
Breaths of new buds from off some drying lea
With news about the Future scent the sea:
My brain is beating like the heart of Haste:
I'll loose me a bird upon this Present waste;
Go, trembling song,
And stay not long; oh, stay not long:
Thou'rt only a gray and sober dove,
But thine eye is faith and thy wing is love.


Comments about A Song Of The Future. by Sidney Lanier

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/17/2018 8:37:00 PM)


    Breaths of new buds from off some drying lea
    With news about the Future scent the sea:
    My brain is beating like the heart of Haste:
    I'll loose me a bird upon this Present waste;
    Amazing poem.
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  • Susan Williams (3/17/2018 3:01:00 PM)


    this could be from the heart of Noah releasing the dove from the arc- -or it could be any mortal man searching for a new land- -gorgeous poet skills and words (Report) Reply

  • Melissa Patty (8/15/2015 6:30:00 AM)


    This poem is refreshing! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/29/2014 4:43:00 AM)


    I like this poem, it's quite good (Report) Reply

  • (3/29/2005 1:15:00 PM)


    Certainly one of the Princes of English/American Poetry! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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