A wet sheet and a flowing sea, A wind that follows fast And fills the white and rustling sails, And bends the gallant mast! And bends the gallant mast, my boys, While, like the eagle free, Away the good ship flies, and leaves Old England in the lee.
Allan Cunningham, Songs of Scotland, A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea.
Merrily, merrily goes the bark On a breeze from the northward free, So shoots through the morning sky the lark, Or the swan through the summer sea.walter scott
O pilot! 'tis a fearful night, There's danger on the deep.thomas haynes bayly
Skill'd in the globe and sphere, he gravely stands, And, with his compass, measures seas and lands.john dryden
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.Edward Gibbon
Though pleas'd to see the dolphins play, I mind my compass and my way.matthew green
Yet the best pilots have need of mariners, besides sails, anchor and other tackle.Ben Jonson
Some love to roam o'er the dark sea's foam, Where the shrill winds whistle free.charles mackay
Ye gentlemen of England That live at home at ease, Ah! little do you think upon The dangers of the seas.
Upon the gale she stoop'd her side, And bounded o'er the swelling tide, As she were dancing home; The merry seamen laugh'd to see Their gallant ship so lustily Furrow the green sea-foam.walter scott