Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.
Sails of silk and ropes of sandal,
Such as gleam in ancient lore;
And the singing of the sailors,
And the answer from the shore!
Most of all, the Spanish ballad
Haunts me oft, and tarries long,
Of the noble Count Arnaldos
And the sailor’s mystic song.
Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines:—
Telling how the Count Arnaldos,
With his hawk upon his hand,
Saw a fair and stately galley,
Steering onward to the land;—
How he heard the ancient helmsman
Chant a song so wild and clear,
That the sailing sea-bird slowly
Poised upon the mast to hear,
Till his soul was full of longing,
And he cried, with impulse strong,—
“Helmsman! for the love of heaven,
Teach me, too, that wondrous song!”
“Wouldst thou,”—so the helmsman answered,
“Learn the secret of the sea?
Only those who brave its dangers
Comprehend its mystery!”
In each sail that skims the horizon,
In each landward-blowing breeze,
I behold that stately galley,
Hear those mournful melodies;
Till my soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.
day 291 : 365 • september 9 / daniela
" Coconut Beach "
(Source: nono-tropics, via manfromjapan)
" Fore and Aft "
" The great ships full of boys and girls sent in search of the immortal medicine (Hôraizan) by the Chinese Emperor Shih Huang Ti (Shikôtei), c. 219 BCE “ … . A 19th century ukiyo-e by Kuniyoshi depicting the ships of the great sea expedition sent around 219 BC by the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, to find the legendary home of the immortals, the Mount Penglai, and retrieve the elixir of immortality.
" Map of The Orient " … Drawn by an Asiatic Fleet Sailor 
Mermaid Lindsey (mermaids-and-anchors)
" Geedunkaroos " … Sailors working at the Gedunk
The Cape Mermaid Story -
For over 400 years, from the days of the earliest explorers to the New World, those who have plied the waters of Cape Cod have known of its resident mermaids, originally witnessed off of Nauset. These are their waters … the open sea, the Bays, the Sound, and their shorelines, as well as the…
Treasure, 1925, Norman Lindsay. (1879 - 1969)
" Grace " … Artist: Christina P. Wyatt
by Alexander Antonyuk
" The World Beyond " … Artist: Remedios Varo
" Troubadour " … Artist: Remedios Varo 
" Alexander The Great in a Prototype Submarine " … Illustration from a French manuscript, Circa 1420