Where Lies The Land To Which The Ship Would Go?

Where lies the land to which the ship would go?
Far, far ahead, is all her seamen know.
And where the land she travels from? Away,
Far, far behind, is all that they can say.

by Arthur Hugh Clough Click to read full poem

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This poem was set to music for the Music Festival when I went to school many many many years ago.....😀
In the reeling mast! ! Thanks for sharing.
Such a beautiful flowing descriptive piece. Really loved this
And where the land she travels from? Away, Far, far behind, is all that they can say. The distance looms large in the mind's horizon.
Simply superb rhyming and rhythm equating sea voyage of a ship with the journey of soul through the ocean of life.. Loved the poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
Great imagery spun around the undying spirit of man during rough and tough times. Thanks. The dripping sailor on the reeling mast Exults to bear, and scorns to wish it past.
a poem of adventure and comradeship?
Fight with wind and wave.... thanks for sharing....
Fantastic write, great piece.
''Rules baffle instincts- instinct rules, Wise men are bad- and good are fools, Facts evil- wishes vain appear, We cannot go, why are we here? '' God gave Adam and Eve a choice because He wanted to be truly loved by them. God made the garden be only good and natural. He told Adam and Eve that what is bad is not allowed. He wanted this human pair to listen to Him. This is why God chose the knowledge tree of good and evil to be planted there in the garden of goodness. Adam and Eve touched the tree of knowledge because they wanted to know the evilness. So, God sent them on this earth to give them the opportunity to know it completely. God loved Adam and Eve and wanted to avoid this sad experience. Satan had been a rebel while fighting against God and while using the human beings for his purpose. Satan sent a virus to the mind of Eve while making her think wrongly about the faithfulness of God and while making the evilness look good and tempting. When Adam and Eve understood that they lost perfection, it was too late. There is only one method - to understand the evilness and to detach from the sin through suffering. ''We cannot go, why are we here? '' -wonderful poem.
the meaning is akin to the journey of life..
beautiful rhyme...Liked it...