Songs of Jamaica (1912)

To Inspector W. E. Clark (On the Eve of His Departure for England)

FAREWELL, dear Sir, a sad farewell!
An’ as across the deep you sail,
Bon voyage we wish you:
We love you deepest as we can,[1]
As officer an’ gentleman,
With love slncere an’ true.

Though often you have been our judge,
We never owed you one lee grudge,
For you were always fair:
So, as the sad farewell we say,
May Neptune guide you, Sir, we pray,
With ever watchful care.

But as you travel to our home,[2]
Sad are the strange thoughts which will come,
Bringin’ an aching pain;
That as this is a fitful life,
With disappointments ever rife,
We may not meet again.

Yet while our hearts are filled with grief,
The god of hope brings sweet relief
An’ bids us not despair:
Of all our thoughts we cannot tell,
But wish you, Sir, a fond farewell,
A farewell of good cheer. :

21st May, 1911.

  1. With all our heart
  2. England


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