I Just Want To Celebrate Christopher Columbus

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    When all hope is gone, sail on sail on brother.
     
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      Columbus

      BEHIND him lay the gray Azores, Behind the Gates of Hercules;
      Before him not the ghost of shores, Before him only shoreless seas.
      The good mate said: "Now we must pray, For lo! the very stars are gone.

      Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?" "Why, say, 'Sail on! sail on! and on!' "

      "My men grow mutinous day by day; My men grow ghastly wan and weak." The stout mate thought of home; a spray Of salt wave washed his swarthy cheek. "What shall I say, brave Admiral, say,
      If we sight naught but seas at dawn?" "Why, you shall say at break of day, 'Sail on! sail on! and on!' "

      They sailed and sailed, as winds might blow, Until at last the blanched mate said:
      "Why, now not even God would know Should I and all my men fall dead.

      These very winds forget their way,
      For God from these dead seas is gone.
      Now speak, brave Admiral, speak and say" -- He said, "Sail on! sail on! and on!"

      They sailed. They sailed. Then spake the mate: "This mad sea shows his teeth tonight.
      He curls his lip, he lies in wait,
      With lifted teeth, as if to bite!

      Brave Admiral, say but one good word: What shall we do when hope is gone?" The words leapt like a leaping sword: "Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!"

      Then pale and worn, he kept his deck,
      And peered through darkness. Ah, that night Of all dark nights! And then a speck --
      A light! a light! at last a light!
      It grew, a starlit flag unfurled!
      It grew to be Time's burst of dawn.
      He gained a world; he gave that world
      Its grandest lesson: "On! sail on!"

      -Joaquin Miller (1841-1913)
       
      #2 Okeechobee Joe, Oct 8, 2018
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