Gerald Gould

(1885 - 1936 / Norwich, England)

Wander-Thirst - Poem by Gerald Gould

BEYOND the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea,
And East and West the wander-thirst that will not let me be;
It works in me like madness, dear, to bid me say good-bye;
For the seas call, and the stars call, and oh! the call of the sky!

I know not where the white road runs, nor what the blue hills are;
But a man can have the sun for a friend, and for his guide a star;
And there's no end of voyaging when once the voice is heard,
For the rivers call, and the roads call, and oh! the call of the bird!

Yonder the long horizon lies, and there by night and day
The old ships draw to home again, the young ships sail away;
And come I may, but go I must, and, if men ask you why,
You may put the blame on the stars and the sun and the white road and the sky.


Comments about Wander-Thirst by Gerald Gould

  • (3/30/2018 12:24:00 PM)


    So happy (Report) Reply

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  • (3/22/2018 11:21:00 AM)


    Tomorrow my class test on this poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2018 3:52:00 PM)


    love this, someone I know set it to music, I grew up singing it, and longing for traveling the world! (Report) Reply

    (2/23/2018 3:27:00 AM)

    Can you remember who and where it could be obtained? I too used to sing this as a child and for some reason woke up this morning with it in my head! I loved it!

  • (12/2/2017 1:05:00 AM)


    A beautiful melodic poem, leaving a yearning for finding beauty and most of all peace in this very troubled and dark world. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 1, 2011



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