The Sailing Ship – Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)

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What is dying?
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “She is gone”,
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
“There she comes” – and that is dying.

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2 thoughts on “The Sailing Ship – Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)

  1. Joe, I didn’t know you well. However, I was lucky to have met you, to experience your generosity and to experience music in your presence. -Much Love-

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