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Re: Poem title and verse(s)

Posted by Masakim on December 30, 2001

In Reply to: Poem title and verse(s) posted by Brenda Bailey Little on December 30, 2001

: I am searching for the title and words of a poem that is only partly remembered by my 87 year old father from his elementary grade memorization in a one-room school in Kentucky. Some of the words: "It's a fearful thing in winter, to be shattered by the blast..."
: "God is on the ocean, Satan's on the land"

: The poem is about a shipwreck and brings tears to my dad's eyes when he tries to quote it. Dad has alzheimers.

"Ballad of the Tempest" by James T. Fields
[...]
'Tis a fearful thing in winter
To be shattered by the blast,
And to hear the rattling trumpet
Thunder, "Cut away the mast!"
[...]
But his little daughter whispered,
As she took his icy hand,
"Isn't God upon the ocean,
Just the same as on the land?"
[...]

For the full text see http://www.geocities.com/~spanoudi/poems/fields01.html