OUT WITH THE TIDE. 121
OUT WITH THE TIDE.
THE sailor-boy slept on his mother s breast ; Heavily, slowly his breathing came; And his blue eyes opened as, stooping low,
Her soft voice whispered the sailor s name As tho it were sweet, while a human soul
Still leapt at the sound of a mortal word, To claim the familiar love-worn link
Ere it grew in the world beyond unheard.
"Is the tide in, mother? I had a dream,
As I tossed about through the weary night, Of a shining boat all of purest pearl,
And a boatman clad like the Northern Light. He bid me sail in the pearly craft ;
And I seemed to know neither fear nor doubt As he held me back with his shining oar,
Saying gravely, Wait till the tide runs out.
"And then I awoke. You were just asleep,
With your poor head down on the pillow laid; And so, as I thought of the waiting boat,
I linked my fingers and truly prayed. I said, Our Father in earnest thrice ;
It comforts me so when I lonely bide ; But, mother dear, I am going soon
Going out slowly, out with the tide.
"You ll keep my shirt with the silver stars, Though dim with the salt sea-water now, 11