Tuesday, 17 July 2007

'The Wanderer' (excerpt), by John Masefield

. . . Therefore, go forth, companion: when you find
No highway more, no track, all being blind,
The way to go shall glimmer in the mind.
  Though you have conquered Earth and Charted Sea
And planned the courses of all Stars that be,
Adventure on, more wonders are in Thee.
  Adventure on, for from the littlest clue
Has come whatever worth man ever knew;
The next to lighten all men may be you . . .


  1. what is the full poem?

  2. .

    I find this poem to be a great piece of work. The Queen of England used the lines in one of her yearly addresses.

    Yet when I look for the exact lines in the poem "The Wanderer", I do not find it. As an example, (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-wanderer/)

    Is there an explanation? I'd really like to know.

    Ema Nymton

  3. The "full poem" is actually a book; I am about to sell my copy on eBay.
    It's the biography of a sailing ship called "Wanderer". Pages 1-13 are text, 14-24 a poem "The Setting Forth", 25-77 a voyage-by-voyage account, 78-119 vrious poems about her. There are 16 photographs, some of paintings.

    At the end of her ninth voyage, at anchor off Cuxhaven, she was run down and sunk by a steamer, "Gertrude Woermann".

    Tell me what lines you seek ?

    Robin_B dot clay at btinternet dot com

  4. That quotation at the top of the page is verses 5, 6 & 7 of the 17 verse poem on pages 78,79 & 80 of my book.


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