Canadian Born

by Emily Pauline Johnson

The Mariner

“Wreck and stray and castaway.”—SWINBURNE.


        Once more adrift.
O’er dappling sea and broad lagoon,
O’er frowning cliff and yellow dune,
The long, warm lights of afternoon
        Like jewel dustings sift.

        Once more awake.
I dreamed an hour of port and quay,
Of anchorage not meant for me;
The sea, the sea, the hungry sea
        Came rolling up the break.

        Once more afloat.
The billows on my moorings press’t,
They drove me from my moment’s rest,
And now a portless sea I breast,
And shelterless my boat.

         Once more away.
The harbor lights are growing dim,
The shore is but a purple rim, [Page 14]
The sea outstretches gray and grim,
        Away, away, away!

        Once more at sea,
The old, old sea I used to sail,
The battling tide, the blowing gale,
The waves with ceaseless under-wail
        The life that used to be. [Page 15]