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The Ship???
Posted by: PaulaMc (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: July 31, 2004 06:11PM

This was on the BBC, I think when the Queen Mother died (Hannah Gordon recited it) and might not be called The Ship! It's about a ship leaving port and everyone there being sad that it's gone but how as it passes over the horizon the people at its destination are pleased to see it... all very symbolic.... I've searched and searched to no avail... help!


Re: The Ship???
Posted by: Henry (213.78.102.---)
Date: July 31, 2004 06:39PM

I don't remember the occasion. Perhaps Tennyson's Crossing the Bar?

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.


Re: The Ship???
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: July 31, 2004 07:17PM

Here's a link to the order of service of her funeral. The writer of the poem used as a preface has been traced since.
[news.bbc.co.uk]


Re: The Ship???
Posted by: PaulaMc (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: July 31, 2004 07:32PM

Thanks Henry, but that's not it.....


Re: The Ship???
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: July 31, 2004 09:24PM

Go here Paula:

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Post Edited (07-31-04 20:25)


Re: The Ship???
Posted by: betty phelps (---.midco.net)
Date: August 01, 2004 11:50PM

It was Crossing the Bar. Thank you. This was read at Ronald Reagan's funeral.


Re: The Ship???
Posted by: PaulaMc (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 07, 2004 10:07AM

Thanks to everyone who helped. I emailed Songs of Praise and they sent it on. It's from 'What is dying?' written by Bishop Brent....

A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says She is gone.

Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large now as when I last saw her. Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment, when someone at my side says she is gone, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout - There she comes!

That is what dying is. An horizon and just the limit of our sight.

Lift us up O Lord, that we may see further.


Paula
Posted by: ilza (---.162.245.85.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 07, 2004 05:57PM

sorry, but they are wrong
.
Parable of immortality ( A ship leaves . . . )
by Henry Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933

I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes! ' ,
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
'Here she comes!'


Re: Paula
Posted by: PaulaMc (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: August 10, 2004 03:09PM

Thanks.... suppose the Bishop could have 'borrowed' it... or vice versa.....




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