Poems (Botta)/From De Vigny

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Come on the sea, beloved, Fearless and free; Leave friends and wealth behind; Come, come with me. My bark on the water shines A fairy thing;— See her pennon, mast, and keel! She is but a little shell, Yet there I am king.

The earth was made for the slave, Oh maiden free! But for man, the stern and brave, The boundless sea. The waves breathe in their flow A mystery, And tenderly they sing, In their soft murmuring,— Love, Liberty.