From De Vigny

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From De Vigny by Anne Lynch Botta
from Poems (1848)

        Come on the sea, beloved,
            Fearless and free;
        Leave friends and wealth behind;
            Come, come with me.
        My bark on the water shines
            A fairy thing; --
        See her pennon, mast, and keel!
        She is but a little shell,
            Yet there I am king.
 
        The earth was made for the slave,
            Oh maiden free!
        But for man, the stern and brave,
            The boundless sea.
        The waves breathe in their flow
            A mystery,
        And tenderly they sing,
        In their soft murmuring, --
            Love, Liberty.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.