In celebration of the sea, from which an age ago all life emerged.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850), a major poet of the English landscape alongside John Clare, Thomas Hardy, and A. E. Housman.
With Ships The Sea Was Sprinkled Far And Nigh.
“With ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh,
Like stars in heaven, and joyously it showed;
Some lying fast at anchor in the road,
Some veering up and down, one knew not why.
A goodly vessel did I then espy
Come like a giant from a haven broad;
And lustily along the bay she strode,
Her tackling rich, and of apparel high.
The ship was nought to me, nor I to her,
Yet I pursued her with a lover’s look;
This ship to all the rest did I prefer:
When will she turn, and whither? She will brook
No tarrying; where she comes the winds must stir:
On went she, and due north her journey took.”
John Constable (1776-1837) was an English Romantic painter, widely known for his landscape paintings.