James Thomas Fields

(1817-1881 / the United States)

The Captain's Daughter - Poem by James Thomas Fields

WE were crowded in the cabin,
Not a soul would dare to sleep,
It was midnight on the waters,
And a storm was on the deep.

'Tis a fearful thing in winter
To be shattered by the blast,
And to hear the rattling trumpet
Thunder, 'Cut away the mast!'

So we shuddered there in silence,
For the stoutest held his breath,
While the hungry sea was roaring
And the breakers talked with death.

As thus we sat in darkness,
Each one busy with his prayers,
'We are lost !' the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

But his little daughter whispered,
As she took his icy hand,
'Isn't God upon the ocean,
Just the same as on the land?'

Then we kissed the little maiden,
And we spake in better cheer,
And we anchored safe in harbor
When the morn was shining clear.

Comments about The Captain's Daughter by James Thomas Fields

  • Wes Vogler (11/9/2015 12:02:00 AM)

    Now there is a POEM. It moves, it moves right along and carries you with it. Beautifully crafted. nd the dern thing rhymes. a 10
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  • Kim Barney (11/8/2015 4:45:00 PM)

    I read this poem years ago and was inspired by it then. It still inspires me today. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (11/8/2015 1:07:00 PM)

    A well-written short story in verse form that placed me on that storm-tossed sea with that frightened crew and that child whose faith was in the Lord. Love it. (Report) Reply

  • Musawir Raakh (11/8/2015 12:45:00 PM)

    Great climax, loved the faith of the girl in God, classic poem (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/8/2015 10:36:00 AM)

    Then we kissed the little maiden,
    And we spake in better cheer,
    And we anchored safe in harbor
    When the morn was shining clear.Good lines.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/8/2015 6:33:00 AM)

    already posted, but with a different title..
    'Ballad Of The Tempest' / 'The Captain's Daughter' = 2 different titles for the same poem...!
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    Kim Barney (11/8/2015 4:43:00 PM)

    I think Poem Hunter likes to make up its own titles...

  • (11/8/2015 3:35:00 AM)

    So cute and so ominous let happen.. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (11/8/2015 1:56:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem of faith. I agree with Seema's cooments below. (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman (11/8/2015 1:48:00 AM)

    When the elders begin to loise faith..a frail light from God spoken through a lil wraith restores strength and faith...I was there with the crew being tossed and shuddering in the darkness as the storm raged..it was lovely to emerge in sunshine and calm the next day..thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rahman Henry (11/8/2015 12:33:00 AM)

    Lovely poem and excellently penned one.....10+++++ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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