A Myth

Charles Kingsley

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A FLOATING, a floating
Across the sleeping sea,
All night I heard a singing bird
Upon the topmast tree.

“Oh, came you from the isles of Greece
Or from the banks of Seine;
Or off some tree in forests free,
Which fringe the western main?”

“I came not off the old world
Nor yet from off the new—
But I am one of the birds of God
Which sing the whole night through.”

“Oh, sing and wake the dawning—
Oh, whistle for the wind;
The night is long, the current strong,
My boat it lags behind.”

“The current sweeps the old world,
The current sweeps the new;
The wind will blow, the dawn will glow,
Ere thou hast sail’d them through.”

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  • tracibrownell5

    Charles Kingsley really evokes a sense of loneliness and longing in this poem. The juxtaposition of nature with human emotions is beautifully written. His description of the singing bird being "of God" gave me goosebumps. I felt a soulful connection with the words. Truly, a magnificent piece.