Sea Pictures I

“I now saw what I never saw before, a prodigious sea, with immense billows coming upon a vessel, so as that it seemed hardly possible to escape. There was something grandly horrible in the sight. I am glad I have seen it once. Amidst all these terrifying circumstances, I endeavoured to compose my mind. It was not easy to do it; for all the stories that I had heard of the dangerous sailing among the Hebrides, which is proverbial, came full upon my recollection. When I thought of those who were dearest to me, and would suffer severely, should I be lost, I upbraided myself, as not having a sufficient cause for putting myself in such danger. Piety afforded me comfort; yet I was disturbed by the objections that have been made against a particular providence, and by the arguments of those who maintain that it is vain to hope that the petitions of an individual, or even of congregations, can have any influence with the Deity…”

James Boswell (1740-97). Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides.

“Ship on a Stormy Sea” by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900).

Aivazovsky

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Philip Lee

Writer and musician who tries to join up the dots.

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