Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Visitors Book Reveals Shackleton Poem November 05 2008

Henry Worsley writes .... Last week, just after we arrived in Punta Arenas we were invited to a nearby house which used to belong to a a local influential family. In their visitors book was an entry from Ernest Shackleton written in July 1916 after the Endurance journey when he was arranging the rescue from Elephant Island. As well as signing the book he wrote a short poem which you can see below which I doubt many have seen or read before.

We were the fools who could not rest
In the dull earth we left behind
But burned with passion for the South
And drank strange frenzy from its wind
The world where wise men sit at ease
Fades from our unregretful eyes
And thus across unchartered seas
We stagger on our enterprise

EH Shackleton July 1916

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