Saturday, March 9, 2013

Till my soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.

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Oh, be still my heart, why does the entire earth not look like this?

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While on a visit to Archipelago Resort in Vilanculos, Mozambique, we visited this uninhabited gem.

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with Indian Ocean water so clear, it's unbelievable.

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Benguerra Island is just so tranquil, so beautiful.

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The foot prints of my snorkeling shoes.
It seemed a pity, even to put my feet in the water,
to leave a mark about the deserted sand.

Inspiration for the blog's title:

The Secret of the Sea
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.

Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;
And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!

Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,
Of the noble Count Arnaldos
And the sailor's mystic song.

Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines:--

Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,
Saw a fair and stately galley,
Steering onward to the land;--

How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,
That the sailing sea-bird slowly
Poised upon the mast to hear,

Till his soul was full of longing,
And he cried, with impulse strong,--
"Helmsman! for the love of heaven, 
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!"

"Wouldst thou,"--so the helmsman answered,
"Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!"

In each sail that skims the horizon,
In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;

Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

Text of the poem borrowed from here.

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