Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Song of the Paddlers [excerpt] - Poem by Herman Melville

Dip, dip, in the brine our paddles dip,
Dip, dip, the fins of our swimming ship!
How the waters part,
As on we dart;
Our sharp prows fly,
And curl on high,
As the upright fin of the rushing shark,
Rushing fast and far on his flying mark!
Like him we prey;
Like him we slay;
Swim on the foe,
Our prow a blow!


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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 1, 2016

Poem Edited: Friday, July 1, 2016


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