Poem: En Voyage by Carlyle Emery

THERE’S a ship sailing on to a harbor,

To a haven of comfort and rest;

It’s a ship of God’s fashion and making,

And its voyage by Him will be blest.

It departed with silence and beauty,

With the Master, Himself, in command;

As with dignity truly majestic

It sailed out of sight of all land.


There will always be clear skies above it;

There will always be calmness below

There will never be storms to harass it,

For the Master is on it, you know,

And His wisdom will carry it safely

To the port of His infinite peace,

Where the light of His love will protect it

With a blessing that never will cease.


You have watched it sail onward and outward,

With a tear of regret in your eye,

For a loved one was sailing upon it,

And there’s grief when you’re saying goodbye.

But your tears would be tears of rejoicing.

And your heart would be happy and free,

If you could look for only a moment

On that ship that is sailing to sea.


For the one you have loved is at leisure,

With no worry or trouble or care;

There’s contentment beyond understanding,

In the way God’s passengers fare.

And you’d know from your own observation

That the sailing was joyful–not grim,

For it means a new life and new living,

And a sweet, closer contact with Him.


Oh, the solace there is in the knowledge,

Life is life and it always will be,

And it’s simply a change of direction

When we sail on His ship out to sea.

And the tears that we shed for our loved ones

Are in truth shed for us left behind,

For it hurts to give up to the Master,

Tho we know He is gentle and kind.


So believe in His great and good wisdom,

Trust in Him, as you patiently wait;

On His ship God is ever the pilot,

And the one you have loved is the mate.




2 thoughts on “Poem: En Voyage by Carlyle Emery

  1. where can I buy the sympathy card with the poem En Voyage by Carlyle Emery it has an old Viking type ship on the front of the card. I got on several years ago at my Mother’s funeral.

    I would like to buy maybe 10-12 cards.

    Thank you for your help.

    Sincerely Cathy Williams
    Foxiewoman1@Yahoo.com Please meant card in subject so I will not delete.

  2. My own mother got a copy of the card. She then had a printer make her copies of the card. She has a whole box full. I took one and typed it up for the blog. If you want, you can take the card you got at your mothers funeral and see about having some made up/printed for your own use. My condolences to your family. 🙂

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