[Editor: This poem by Philip Durham Lorimer was published in Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, 1901.]
The Ocean of Life
I’ve sailed o’er the Ocean of Life,
Seen its smiles and its frowns in all forms ;
Now fondly caressing sweet joys,
Then wrestling with terrible storms.
Alone on Life’s billows I’ve sped —
Now dashing along with the spray,
Now high on its crest I’ve been borne ;
Then plunged in its depths in dismay.
For only an instant I rose,
To breathe o’er the rough waves of Life,
Then into its foam have been hurled —
Amidst breakers and whirlpools of strife.
In fathomless depths I have plunged.
And breathless awaited my doom,
But have scorned to give way to despair,
Though the Ocean itself were my tomb.
Sydney, July 28, 1871.
E. A. Petherick (editor). Songs and Verses by Philip Durham Lorimer: An Australian Bush Poet, William Clowes and Sons, London, 1901, page 94