In celebration of the sea, from which an age ago all life emerged.
Best known for “Hiawatha”, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) led a fascinating life and wrote poetry that is still recited today.
The Sound Of The Sea.
“The sea awoke at midnight from its sleep,
And round the pebbly beaches far and wide
I heard the first wave of the rising tide
Rush onward with uninterrupted sweep;
A voice out of the silence of the deep,
A sound mysteriously multiplied
As of a cataract from the mountain’s side,
Or roar of winds upon a wooded steep.
So comes to us at times, from the unknown
And inaccessible solitudes of being,
The rushing of the sea-tides of the soul;
And inspirations, that we deem our own,
Are some divine of foreshadowing and foreseeing
Of things beyond our reason or control.”
Claude Monet (1840-1926), a key figure in the Impressionist movement that transformed French painting in the second half of the 19th century.