John Donne

A Burnt Ship

John Donne was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England.

Out of a fired ship, which by no way
  But drowning could be rescued from the flame,
  Some men leap'd forth, and ever as they came
  Near the foes' ships, did by their shot decay;
  So all were lost, which in the ship were found,
  They in the sea being burnt, they in the burnt ship drown'd.