THE SEA MARKE
by: John Smith (c.1580-1631)
POEMS BY JOHN SMITH
- LOOFE, aloofe, and come no neare
- the dangers doe appeare;
- Which if my ruine had not beene
- you had not seene:
- I onely lie upon this shelfe
- to be a mark to all
- which on the same might fall,
- That none may perish but my selfe.
- If in or outward you be bound,
- doe not forget to sound;
- Neglect of that was cause of this
- to steare amisse.
- The Seas were calme, the wind was faire,
- that made me so secure,
- that now I must indure
- All weathers be they foule or faire.
- The Winters cold, the Summers heat,
- alternatively beat
- Upon my bruised sides, that rue
- because too true
- That no releefe can ever come.
- But why should I despair
- Being promised so faire
- That there shall be a day of Dome.