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The Old Ships

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I have seen old ships like swans asleep
Beyond the village which men call Tyre,
With leaden age o'ercargoed, dipping deep
For Famagusta and the hidden sun
That rings black Cyprus with a lake of fire;
And all those ships were certainly so old
Who knows how oft with squat and noisy gun,
Questing brown slaves or Syrian oranges,
The pirate Genoese
Hell-raked them till they rolled

Blood, water, fruit and corpses up the hold.
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Brenda Stanton 03 December 2018

Which direction would it have been towards Cyprus “for famagusta and the hidden sun

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Janey 31 January 2018

It is good of you to publicise this great poem, but unfortunate that whoever typed it made so many errors. Look at the first two lines, for a start. They should read, ”I have see old ships SAIL links swans asleep, Beyond the village which men STILL call Tyre...” Your version kills the writer’s rhythm and alters the meaning. Would it be possible for your team to check each other’s work?

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