Wednesday, August 4, 2010


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Friedrich von Schiller

Sail on, oh captain! Though the mockers grin
And though the helm slip from a heedless hand,
Forever westward! There is a land
Which shall receive you. You have seen
Its shore before your eyes. Trust your skills.
Though oceans may be empty on their verge--
You willed a land. It shall rise from the surge.
For nature always yields what human spirit wills.


(Image is Dioscoro Teofila de la Puebla Tolin, The First Landing of Christopher Columbus in America, 1862.)

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