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Cargoes by John Masefield (1917)

Diamond
Diamond
Emerald
Emerald
Amethyst
Amethyst
Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.
topaz
Topaz



Gold
Gold

This is an attractive poem by John Masefield, considering cargoes in different times. I think he preferred the past! The list is quite similar to the gems worn by Mede in Piers the Ploughman. Precious stones haven't changed that much. Cinnamon is a spice, not a gem. A moidore is an ancient Portuguese gold coin.