Before the Mast
sings 'a cappella'
 sea shanties & songs of the sea


"Time and tide will wait for no man... But all men have to wait for time and tide."   
-
Charles Dickens

 
"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."
- William Shakespeare

 
 

"This is the wisdom of the sea, its essential paradox. It quickens us, extends us, prompts feats of innovation and courage, then washes them all away. No trace remains; man and mountain yield to the levelling force of the sea. In its omnipotence, its beauty and its purity, the sea is the earthly manifestation of the divine. Building a vessel and crossing a body of water is a transcendent achievement, and afterwards nothing in this life quite compares.”

- Philip Marsden, The Levelling Sea, Harper Press, London, 2011, page 9



There are good ships
and there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships
and may they always be.

-Irish toast


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