by Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844)

Angel of life
Language: English 
Angel of life! thy glittering wings explore
Earth's loneliest bounds, and Ocean's wildest shore.
Lo! to the wint'ry winds the pilot yields
His bark careering o'er unfathom'd fields;
Now on the Atlantic waves he rides afar,
Where Andes, giant of the western star,
With meteor-standard to the winds unfurl'd,
Looks from his throne of clouds o'er half the world.

Poor child of danger, nursling of the storm,
Sad are the woes that wreck thy manly form!
Rocks, waves, and winds the shatter'd bark delay;
Thy heart is sad, thy home is far away.
[But]1 Hope can here her moonlight vigils keep,
And sing to charm the spirit of the deep.

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1 Callcott: "Yet"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-04-07
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