probably popular, but compare:
The Dance of Life,
Chapter 3 by Havelock Ellis [1859-1939]
The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness
[Boarding the Wonkatania]WONKA:
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to sail her by.
by John Masefield [1878-1967]I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick, and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,And a gray mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tideIs a wild call and a clear call which may not be denied.And all I ask is a windy day with white clouds flying,And flung spray and blown spume, and the seagulls crying.I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,To the gull's way, and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife.And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover,And a quite sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.[Before the Wonkatania enters the dark tunnel]WONKA:
'Round the world and home again, that's the sailor's way!
by William Allingham [1828-1889]Head the ship for England!Shake out every sail!Blithe leap the billows,Merry sings the gale.Captain, work the reckoning;How many knots a day? -
Round the world and home again,That's the sailor's way!
[Upon the completion of the Wonkatania ride]WONKA:
A small step for mankind, but a giant step for us.
Neil Armstrong [b. 1930]
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.