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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Epitaph for a Sailor Buried Ashore
 
Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
 
 
HE who but yesterday would roam
  Careless as clouds and currents range,
In homeless wandering most at home,
  Inhabiter of change;
 
Who wooed the west to win the east,        5
  And named the stars of north and south,
And felt the zest of Freedom’s feast
  Familiar in his mouth;
 
Who found a faith in stranger speech,
  And fellowship in foreign hands,        10
And had within his eager reach
  The relish of all lands—
 
How circumscribed a plot of earth
  Keeps now his restless footsteps still,
Whose wish was wide as ocean’s girth,        15
  Whose will the water’s will!
 

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