SONG OF THE ICELANDIC FISHERMEN- 197
Thou art mighty in wrath, devouring tide !
The strong ship loves o'er thy foam to ride,
Her banner by bending clouds caress'd,
The waves at her keel, and a world in her breast ;
Thou biddest the blast of thy billows sweep,
Her tall masts bow to the cleaving deep,
And seal'd in thy cells her proud ones sleep.
Our sails are as chaff, when the tempest raves, And our boat a speck on the mountain waves : Yet we pour not to thee the imploring strain, We sooth not thine anger, relentless main ! Libation we pour not, nor vow, nor prayer,
Our hope is in thee,
God of the sea ! The deep is thy path, and the soul thy care.