Aboard At Ship's Helm
                              Aboard At A Ship's Helm



                  Aboard at a ship's helm,
                      A young steersman steering with care.

                               Through fog on a sea-coast dolefully ringing,
                       An ocean bell-O a warning bell,
                      rock'd by the waves.

                      O you give good notice indeed, you bell
                       by the sea-reefs ringing,

                       Ringing, ringing, to warn the ship
                    from its wreck-place.

                      For as on the alert O steersman,
                      you mind the loud admonition,

                          The bows turn, the frightened ship tacking
                           speeds away under her gray sails,

                            The beautiful and noble ship with all her precious
                               wealth speeds away gayly and safe.

                          But O the ship, the immortal ship!
                          O ship aboard the ship!  Ship of
                            the body, ship of the soul,
                            voyaging, voyaging


                         Walt Whitman



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