In celebration of the sea, from which an age ago all life emerged.
Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), remembered for “The Soldier” and “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester”, loved the sea.
“Swiftly out from the friendly lilt of the band,
The crowd’s good laughter, the loved eyes of men,
I am drawn nightward; I must turn again
Where, down beyond the low untrodden strand,
There curves and glimmers outward to the unknown
The old unquiet ocean. All the shade
Is rife with magic and movement. I stray alone
Here on the edge of silence, half afraid,
Waiting a sign. In the deep heart of me
The sullen waters swell towards the moon,
And all my tides set seaward.
Leaps a gay fragment of some mocking tune,
That tinkles and laughs and fades along the sand,
And dies between the seawall and the sea.”
Alexander Mark Rossi (1840-1916) was a successful British artist of Italian descent, who specialized in paintings of children and young adults.