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Song of the Paddlers [excerpt]

Dip, dip, in the brine our paddles dip, 
Dip, dip, the fins of our swimming ship! 
How the waters part, 
As on we dart; 
   Our sharp prows fly, 
   And curl on high, 
As the upright fin of the rushing shark, 
Rushing fast and far on his flying mark! 
Like him we prey; 
Like him we slay; 
   Swim on the foe, 
   Our prow a blow!

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Herman Melville

Born in 1819 into a once-prominent New York family, Herman Melville was raised

Date Published: 1849-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/song-paddlers-excerpt