Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

Fishers Of Men

Poem by Alfred Noyes

Long, long ago, He said,
He who could wake the dead
And walk upon the sea-

'Come, follow Me.


Leave your brown nets and bring
Only your hearts to sing,
Only your souls to pray,
Rise, come away.

Shake out your spirit-sails,
And brave those wilder gales,
And I will make you then
Fishers of men.'

Was this, then, what He meant?
Was this His high intent,
After two thousand years
Of blood and tears?

God help us, if we fight
For right and not for might.
God help us if we seek
To shield the weak.

Then, though His heaven be far
From this blind welter of war,
He'll bless us, on the sea
From Calvary.


Comments about Fishers Of Men by Alfred Noyes

  • James MclainJames Mclain (10/7/2017 1:50:00 PM)

    Teach one man to read and write,
    And he will teach other's concerning what's right.. iip.. James(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (10/7/2017 9:38:00 AM)

    One of the best poems I have read recent time.
    God help us, if we fight
    For right and not for might.
    God help us if we seek
    To shield the weak...is so nice. Thanks for sharing. Awesome drop.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (10/7/2017 7:15:00 AM)

    God help us, if we fight / For right and not for might.
    God help us if we seek / To shield the weak....//.....Thanks for sharing this philosophical masterpiece.(Report)Reply

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  • Khirod DalpatiKhirod Dalpati (10/7/2017 6:57:00 AM)

    I love this poem. Heart touching....(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/7/2017 2:59:00 AM)

    God help us, if we fight
    For right and not for might.
    God help us if we seek
    To shield the weak.. .. great theme. Beautiful poem. Congratulations to his soul for being selected this poem as the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/7/2017 2:41:00 AM)

    Come! ! Follow Me! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (10/7/2017 2:37:00 AM)

    Such a very good poem based on truth......(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/17/2014 3:15:00 PM)

    Alfred Nicely layed down.it flows nicely.well done(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010