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Thread #139464 Message #3199585
Posted By: Charley Noble
01-Aug-11 - 07:39 AM
Thread Name: Fastnet Sea Music Festival-June 2012
Subject: RE: Fastnet Sea Music Festival
Here's a poem by Cicely Fox Smith in tribute to Fastnet Light. I don't think anyone has set it to music but why not have a go at it; the second verse would work well as a chorus:
The ships to the westward, by night and by day,
In storm and in sunshine go forth on their way,
The big ships and little ships, swift ships and slow . . .
And Fastnet – old Fastnet – he watches 'em go.
Hull down to the westward they vanish afar,
Like the waft of a wing or the flash of a star,
A feather of smoke on the rim of the sky . . .
And Fastnet – old Fastnet – he waves 'em good-bye.
Strange stars will behold them, strange harbours will know,
Strange lights for their guiding will beacon and glow,
And they'll maybe remember and maybe forget
That Fastnet – old Fastnet – he's waiting there yet.
A-waiting the day, be it distant or soon,
When the ships from the westward, by night or by noon,
In storm or in sunshine rejoicing will come . . .
And Fastnet – old Fastnet – he'll welcome them home!
From Rovings: Sea Songs and Ballads, edited by Cicely Fox Smith, published by Elkin Mathews, London, UK, ©1921, p. 50.
"Fastnet" here refers to the lighthouse at Fastnet Rock off Southern Ireland, the last land to be sighted by early Irish immigrants and the first to be sighted by returning trans-Atlantic sailors.