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