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Britons, you stay too long, Quickly aboard bestow you, And with a merry Gale Swell you stretch’d Sayle, With Vowes as strong, As the Winds that blow you. Your course securely steere, West and by South forth keepe, Rocks, Lee-shores, … Continue reading
There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowels of the earth, many a fair pearl laid up in the bosom of the sea, that never was seen, nor ever shall be. Bishop Joseph Hall, Contemplations (Book Four, … Continue reading
I started Early – Took my Dog – And visited the Sea – The Mermaids in the Basement Came out to look at me – And Frigates – in the Upper Floor Extended Hempen Hands – Presuming Me to be … Continue reading
In dim green depths rot ingot-laden ships; And gold doubloons, that from the drowned hand fell, Lie nestled in the ocean-flower’s bell With love’s old gifts, once kissed by long-drowned lips. And round some wrought gold cup the sea-grass whips, … Continue reading
It is not that pearls fetch a high price because men have dived for them; but on the contrary, men dive for them because they fetch a high price. Richard Whately, Introductory Lectures on Political Economy (1832). Richard Whately was … Continue reading
How am I glutted with conceit of this! Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please, Resolve me of all ambiguities, Perform what desperate enterprise I will? I’ll have them fly to India for gold, Ransack the ocean for … Continue reading