To The Rev. Mr. Newton

William Cowper

On His Return from Ramsgate


THAT ocean you have late surveyed,

  Those rocks I too have seen;

But I afflicted and dismayed,

  You tranquil and serene.


You from the flood-controlling steep

  Saw stretched before your view,

With conscious joy, the threatening deep,

  No longer such to you.


To me the waves that ceaseless broke

  Upon the dangerous coast

Hoarsely and ominously spoke

  Of all my treasure lost.


Your sea of troubles you have past,

  And found the peaceful shore;

I, tempest-tossed, and wrecked at last,

  Come home to port no more.

Main Location:

Ramsgate, Kent, UK