The World And The Sea: A Comparison

Like the world and its dread changes

Is the ocean when it rages,

Sometimes full and sometimes shallow,

Sometimes green and sometimes yellow.

Salt the sea to all who drink it,

Bitter is the world in spirit,

Deep the sea to all who fathom,

Deep the world and without bottom.

Unsupporting in his danger

Is the sea unto the sailor,

Less sustaining to the traveller

Is the world through which he'll wander.

Full the sea of rocky places,

Shoals and quicksands in its mazes,

Full the world of sore temptation

Charged with sorrow and destruction.