In The Days When The World Was Wide

Topics: Man, World Pages: 3 (830 words) Published: December 13, 2014
In The Days When The World Was Wide
The world is narrow and ways are short, and our lives are dull and slow, For little is new where the crowds resort, and less where the wanderers go; Greater, or smaller, the same old things we see by the dull road-side — And tired of all is the spirit that sings

of the days when the world was wide.
When the North was hale in the march of Time,
and the South and the West were new,
And the gorgeous East was a pantomime, as it seemed in our boyhood's view; When Spain was first on the waves of change,
and proud in the ranks of pride,
And all was wonderful, new and strange in the days when the world was wide. Then a man could fight if his heart were bold,
and win if his faith were true —
Were it love, or honour, or power, or gold, or all that our hearts pursue; Could live to the world for the family name, or die for the family pride, Could fly from sorrow, and wrong, and shame
in the days when the world was wide.
They sailed away in the ships that sailed ere science controlled the main, When the strong, brave heart of a man prevailed
as 'twill never prevail again;
They knew not whither, nor much they cared —
let Fate or the winds decide —
The worst of the Great Unknown they dared
in the days when the world was wide.
They raised new stars on the silent sea that filled their hearts with awe; They came to many a strange countree and marvellous sights they saw. The villagers gaped at the tales they told,
and old eyes glistened with pride —
When barbarous cities were paved with gold
in the days when the world was wide.
'Twas honest metal and honest wood, in the days of the Outward Bound,

When men were gallant and ships were good — roaming the wide world round. The gods could envy a leader then when `Follow me, lads!' he cried — They faced each other and fought like men
in the days when the world was wide.
They tried to live as a freeman should — they were happier men than we, In the glorious days of wine and...
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