Sunday, April 25, 2010

Seafaring Sunday: "...Over Wind And Wave"

Washington Irving 1783-1859, portrait by John Wesley Jarvis 1809

What a glorious monument of human invention that has thus triumphed over wind and wave; has brought the ends of the world into communication, has established an interchange of blessings, pouring into the sterile regions of the north all the luxuries of the south, has diffused the light of knowledge and the charities of cultivated life and thus bound together those scattered portions of the human race, between which nature seemed to have thrown an insurmountable barrier.

Washington Irving, the man who gave us The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, waxes poetic about the sea and seafaring in one surprisingly long sentence written around the time the above portrait was painted. Irving was a life long friend of one of Triple P's favorite sailors, David Porter, whom Irving christened "Sindbad".


Blue Flamingo said...

If only my incredibly long run on sentences read so beautifully.

Pauline said...

Ahoy, Blue Flamingo and no kidding. Mr. Irving was an amazing talent, and quite the looker in his youth as well. I can imagine all the hearts broken by he and Sindbad.

Timmy! said...

Ahoy, Pauline! Sorry I didn't get a chance to comment yesterday. You are right, Mr. Irving was an amazing talent, but so are you, Pirate Queen. I just wish more people knew and recognized it. I also meant to compliment you on Saturday on your Piratical Fact of the Week and on your latest blog bling. Nice work, Pauline.

Pauline said...

Ahoy, Timmy! Huzzah for Washington Irving... and maybe even Vicente Gambi. Who knows.