“Give me my passage home …”

Give me my passage home, let me see that harbour once again, just as it was before I learned the bad words.  Patriarchs wiser than Abraham mended their nets on the modest wharf; white and wonderful things undressed on the sand dunes; sunset glittered on the plate-glass windows of the Marine Biological Station; far off on the extreme horizon, a whale spouted.  Look, Uncle, look.  They have broken my glasses and I have lost my silver whistle.  Pick me up, Uncle; let little Johnny ride away on your massive shoulders to recover his green kingdom, where the steam rollers are as friendly as the farm dogs …

— excerpt from W. H. Auden’s The Sea and the Mirror

 

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“Lighthouse near Westkapelle,” Piet Mondrian, 1910

“They overran the house without loss of time.”

Illustration by Edmund Dulac for Arthur Quiller-Couch’s book, “The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French” (1910).  This illustration is from from the famous folktale “Bluebeard.”

 

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