The Building of the Ship

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
One Hundred and One Famous POEMS
 
"Then the Master,
With a gesture of command,
Waved his hand;
And at the word,
Loud and sudden there was heard,
All around them and below,
The sound of hammers, blow on blow,
Knocking away the shores and spurs.
And see!! she stirs!
She starts—she moves— she seems to feel 
The thrill of life along her keel,
And, spurning with her foot the ground,
With one exullting, joyous bound,
She lelaps into the ocean’s arms!
And Lo! From the assembled crowd
There rose a shout, prolonged and loud
That to the Ocean seemed to say,
“Take her, O bridegroom, old and gray,
Take her to thy protecting arms,
With all her youth and all her charms"
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