Arthur Hugh Clough

(1 January 1819 – 13 November 1861 / Liverpool)

Where Lies The Land To Which The Ship Would Go? - Poem by Arthur Hugh Clough

Where lies the land to which the ship would go?
Far, far ahead, is all her seamen know.
And where the land she travels from? Away,
Far, far behind, is all that they can say.

On sunny noons upon the deck's smooth face,
Link'd arm in arm, how pleasant here to pace;
Or, o'er the stern reclining, watch below
The foaming wake far widening as we go.

On stormy nights when wild north-westers rave,
How proud a thing to fight with wind and wave!
The dripping sailor on the reeling mast
Exults to bear, and scorns to wish it past.

Where lies the land to which the ship would go?
Far, far ahead, is all her seamen know.
And where the land she travels from? Away,
Far, far behind, is all that they can say.


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  • (9/25/2018 8:57:00 AM)

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  • (1/25/2018 4:21:00 PM)

    This poem was set to music for the Music Festival when I went to school many many many years ago.....😀 (Report)Reply

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  • (3/1/2017 9:01:00 AM)

    Great (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/1/2017 6:13:00 AM)

    In the reeling mast! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Tammy Nicholls (3/1/2017 5:44:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful flowing descriptive piece. Really loved this (Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/1/2017 4:29:00 AM)

    And where the land she travels from? Away,
    Far, far behind, is all that they can say.
    The distance looms large in the mind's horizon.
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  • (3/1/2017 4:22:00 AM)

    Simply superb rhyming and rhythm equating sea voyage of a ship with the journey of soul through the ocean of life.. Loved the poem. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (3/1/2017 4:04:00 AM)

    Great imagery spun around the undying spirit of man during rough and tough times. Thanks.
    The dripping sailor on the reeling mast
    Exults to bear, and scorns to wish it past.
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  • (3/1/2017 3:57:00 AM)

    a poem of adventure and comradeship? (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/1/2017 1:00:00 AM)

    Fight with wind and wave.... thanks for sharing.... (Report)Reply

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  • (10/30/2016 9:42:00 PM)

    Fantastic write, great piece. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/18/2016 1:55:00 PM)

    ''Rules baffle instincts- instinct rules,
    Wise men are bad- and good are fools,
    Facts evil- wishes vain appear,
    We cannot go, why are we here? ''

    God gave Adam and Eve a choice because He wanted to be truly loved by them. God made the garden be only good and natural. He told Adam and Eve that what is bad is not allowed. He wanted this human pair to listen to Him. This is why God chose the knowledge tree of good and evil to be planted there in the garden of goodness. Adam and Eve touched the tree of knowledge because they wanted to know the evilness. So, God sent them on this earth to give them the opportunity to know it completely.
    God loved Adam and Eve and wanted to avoid this sad experience. Satan had been a rebel while fighting against God and while using the human beings for his purpose. Satan sent a virus to the mind of Eve while making her think wrongly about the faithfulness of God and while making the evilness look good and tempting. When Adam and Eve understood that they lost perfection, it was too late.
    There is only one method - to understand the evilness and to detach from the sin through suffering. ''We cannot go, why are we here? '' -wonderful poem.
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  • Soumita Sarkar (8/18/2016 1:27:00 AM)

    the meaning is akin to the journey of life.. (Report)Reply

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  • Soumita Sarkar (8/18/2016 1:17:00 AM)

    beautiful rhyme...Liked it... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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