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Fri, 26 Jun 2009
A wonderful little poem for the older, little boys. It's called "The Ship". njoy


A steamer


THE SHIPS
by J. J. Bell


For many a year I've watched the ships a-sailing to and fro,
The mighty ships, the little ships, the speedy and the slow;
.And many a time I've told myself that someday I would go
Around the world that is so full of wonders.

The swift and stately liners, howthey run without a rest!
The great three masters, they have touched the East and told the West!
The monster burden - bearers - oh, they all have plunged and pressed
Around the world that is so full of wonders!


The cruiser and the battleship that loom as dark as doubt,
The devilish destroyer and the hateful, hidious scout -
These deathly things may also rush, with roar and snarl and shout,
Around the world that is so full of wonders.

My lord he owns a grand white yacht, most beautiful and fine,
But seldom does she leave the firth lest he should fail to dine.
I'd find a thousand richer feasts than his - if she were mine -
Around the world that is so full of wonders.

The shabby tramp that like a wedge is hammered through the seas,

The little brown-sailed brigantine that traps the lightest breeze -
Oh, I'd be well content to fare abroad the least of these
Around the world that is so full of wonders.

The things I've heard, the things I've read, the things I've dream might be,
The boyish tales, the old men's yarns - they will not pass from me.
I've heard, I've read, I've dreamed . . . But all the time I've longed to see -
Around the world that is so full of wonders.

So year by year I watch the ships a-sailing to and fro,
The ships that come as strangers and the ships I've learned to know.
. . .  Folk smile to hear an old man say that someday he will go
Around the world that is so full of wonders.

Wow, isn't that absolutely wonderful. Gosh that was lovely to write out,
I could almost feel I was on the sea with him,
 or standing on the shore watching them coming into the harbour in Milford Haven
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