A merchant ship came sailing here today,
Her timbers stained, her cordage worn and old.
She came from ancient India or Cathay,
And seas uncharted, mayhap bringing gold
And costly spices from the rising sun,
Or priceless jewels, whose translucent sheen,
Like stars before the dawn, eclipsed by none,
Had graced the shoulders of some eastern queen.
Among the tropic islands she had sailed,
The temples of forgotten races seen,
And where the buried cities sea-plants trailed
In silence, her swift keel had been.
And now through friendly seas I watch her come,
Her voyage completed, cargo safely home.