Ode To Neptune

On Mrs. W-----'s Voyage to England.

I.
WHILE raging tempests shake the shore,
While AElus' thunders round us roar,
And sweep impetuous o'er the plain
Be still, O tyrant of the main;
Nor let thy brow contracted frowns betray,
While my Susanna skims the wat'ry way.

II.
The Pow'r propitious hears the lay,
The blue-ey'd daughters of the sea
With sweeter cadence glide along,
And Thames responsive joins the song.
Pleas'd with their notes Sol sheds benign his ray,
And double radiance decks the face of day.

III.
To court thee to Britannia's arms
Serene the climes and mild the sky,
Her region boasts unnumber'd charms,
Thy welcome smiles in ev'ry eye.
Thy promise, Neptune keep, record my pray'r,
Not give my wishes to the empty air.

by Phillis Wheatley

Comments (6)

To court thee to Britannia's arms! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
A great write by Phillis Wheatley👍👍👍
Ths young poetess was on a wonderful journey that was cut so short.
A beautiful ode this is with lots of poetic words and prases. There is a formality here as the one seen in the poems of this kind by some of the old masters. I content with the rhyme and the choice of words which are superb. Luis Estable
A beautiful poem that likes.
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