How sweet it is….

From the Oxford Book of Greek verse 338

Suave Mari magnum

φεῦ φεῦ, τί τούτου χάρμα μεῖζον ἂν λάβοις,
τοῦ γῆς ἐπιψαύσαντα κᾆθ’ ὑπὸ στέγῃ
πυκνῆς ἀκοῦσαι ψακάδος εὑδούσῃ φρενί;

Ah! What pleasure could you take better than this – to reach land and then under a roof to hear the constant rain with a sleeping mind.

Sophocles fragment 636 Tympanistae (Drum Beaters)

The Oxford book of English verse gave it its title from a similar sentiment in Lucretius..


Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis
E terra magnum alterius spectare laborem.

How sweet it is, when the winds are buffeting the waves on the great sea, to watch from the land the great struggle of another…

A quote which adorns Highcliffe castle on the South Coast of England. !!


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