Cicely Fox Smith

(1 February 1882 – 8 April 1954 / Lymm, Cheshire)

The Lighthouse Builders - Poem by Cicely Fox Smith

On head and height their stars are bright
Where sails and steamers go,
Where southward flares the Dondrah light
Or the twin Maidens glow.
Praise be to those who set them there
Above the 'longshore foam,
Wishing luck to men who fare where the welcome watch-lights glare,
And a fair voyage home.

To some the pride of arches wide,
Statue and sculptured urn;
To these the guarding lights that guide
At night when no stars burn,
A far-seen hand upheld on high
Above the wandering foam,
Wishing luck and victory to the vessels going by
And a fair voyage home.

All seamen know the lights that glow
And, seeing, bless their name
Who set wherever ship may go
A column crowned with flame, -
A pillar on some hero's grave
Far-seen across the foam,
Wishing luck across the wave to the seaward-faring brave,
And a fair voyage home.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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