By John Masefield, (1878-1967)

  • QUINQUEREME of Nineveh from distant Ophir
  • Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine
  • With a cargo of ivory,
  • And apes and peacocks,
  • Sandalwood, cedarwood and sweet white wine.
  • Stately Spanish galleon coming from the isthmus,
  • Dipping through the tropics by the palm-green shores
  • With a cargo of diamonds,
  • Emeralds, amethysts,
  • Topazes and cinammon, and gold moidores.
  • Dirty British coaster with a salt caked smokestack
  • Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
  • With a cargo of Tyne coal,
  • Road-rails, Pig-lead
  • Firewood, iron-ware and cheap tin trays.
  • (Moidores...Portuguese gold coins)
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