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SHIPS
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[ Also see Boating Navigation Navy Ocean Sailors Shipwreck Traveling Water ]

A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigged,
  Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats
    Instinctively have quit it.
      - William Shakespeare

The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,
  Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
    Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
      The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver,
        Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
          The water which they beat to follow faster,
            As amorous of their strokes.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Enobarbus at II, ii)

She comes majestic with her swelling sails,
  The gallant Ship: along her watery way,
    Homeward she drives before the favouring gales;
      Now flirting at their length the streamers play,
        And now they ripple with the ruffling breeze.
      - Robert Southey, Sonnet XIX

It would have been as though he [President Andrew Johnson] were in a boat of stone with masts of steel, sails of lead, ropes of iron, the devil at the helm, the wrath of God for a breeze, and hell for his destination.
      - Emery Alexander Storrs,
        in a speech in Chicago about 1865 or 1866 when Johnson threatened to imitate Cromwell and with troops force Congress to adjourn, as reported in the Chicago Tribune

And the stately ships go on
  To their haven under the hill.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Break, Break, Break
         (st. 3)

Ships, dim discover'd, dropping from the clouds.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 946)

Whoever you are, motion and reflection are especially for you,
  The divine ship sails the divine sea for you.
      - Walt Whitman, Song of the Rolling Earth
         (2)

Speed on the ship;--But let her bear
  No merchandise of sin,
    No groaning cargo of despair
      Her roomy hold within;
        No Lethean drug for Eastern lands,
          Nor poison-draught for ours;
            But honest fruits of toiling hands
              And Nature's sun and showers.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, The Ship-Builders

If all the ships I have at sea
  Should come a-sailing home to me,
    Ah, well! the harbor would not hold
      So many ships as there would be
        If all my ships came home from sea.
      - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, My Ships,
        from "Poems of Passion"

One ship drives East, and one drives West,
  By the selfsame wind that blows;
    It's the set of the sails, and not the gales,
      Which determines the way it goes.
      - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Winds of Fate


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