Daily Poem – Wreck of the Hesperus
July 31, 2006
Wreck of the Hesperus
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It was the schooner Hesperus,
That sailed the wintry sea;
And the skipper had taken his little daughter,
To bear him company.
Blue were her eyes as the fairy-flax,
Her cheeks like the dawn of day,
And her bosom white as the hawthorn buds,
That ope in the month of May.
The skipper he stood beside the helm,
His pipe was in his mouth,
And he watched how the veering flaw did blow
The smoke now West, now South.
Then up spake an old Sailor,
Had sailed to the Spanish Main,
‘I pray thee, put into yonder port,
For I fear a hurricane.
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