From "The Swimmers"


"From 'The Swimmers'" is the 27th song in Ives's song collection 114 Songs. The text was first published in The Yale Review in 1915.

From "The Swimmers"
by Louis Untermeyer

Then the swift plunge into the cool green dark,
the windy waters rushing past me, through me;
Filled with the sense of some heroic lark,
exulting in a vigor clean and roomy.
Swiftly I rose to meet the feline sea...
Pitting against a cold turbulent strife,
The feverish intensity of life...

Out of the foam I lurched and rode the wave
Swimming hand over hand, over hand, against the wind;
I felt the sea's vain pounding, and I grinned
knowing I was its master, not its slave.

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