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>>I'm not sure I see the relevance of the Bible quotes myself, though.<<

The jolly skipper paused awhile,
And then again began;
"There is a Spectre Ship," quoth he,
"A ship of the Dead that sails the sea,
And is called the Carmilhan.

"A ghostly ship, with a ghostly crew,
In tempests she appears;
And before the gale, or against the gale,
She sails without a rag of sail,
Without a helmsman steers.

"She haunts the Atlantic north and south,
But mostly the mid-sea,
Where three great rocks rise bleak and bare
Like furnace-chimneys in the air,
And are called the Chimneys Three.

"And ill betide the luckless ship
That meets the Carmilhan;
Over her decks the seas will leap,
She must go down into the deep,
And perish mouse and man."

The captain of the Valdemar
Laughed loud with merry heart.
"I should like to see this ship," said he;
"I should like to find these Chimneys Three,
That are marked down in the chart.

"I have sailed right over the spot," he said
"With a good stiff breeze behind,
When the sea was blue, and the sky was clear,--
You can follow my course by these pinholes here,--
And never a rock could find."

And then he swore a dreadful oath,
He swore by the Kingdoms Three,
That, should he meet the Carmilhan,
He would run her down, although he ran
Right into Eternity!

All this, while passing to and fro,
The cabin-boy had heard;
He lingered at the door to hear,
And drank in all with greedy ear,
And pondered every word.

He was a simple country lad,
But of a roving mind.
"O, it must be like heaven," thought he,
"Those far-off foreign lands to see,
And fortune seek and find!"

But in the fo'castle, when he heard
The mariners blaspheme,
He thought of home, he thought of God,
And his mother under the churchyard sod,
And wished it were a dream.

One friend on board that ship had he;
'T was the Klaboterman,
Who saw the Bible in his chest,
And made a sign upon his breast,
All evil things to ban.

from Tales of a Wayside Inn

I would think that a poet interested in ships and seas would also understand the concept of "sailing too close to the wind." Risky business, this -- almost akin to dealing with the Devil. Likewise, one might consider that a poet interested in ships and seas AND the Bible might have noted that the woman spoken of in the verse I quoted was Syro-Phoenician by nation. What does the use of the word "dogs" suggest? Nothing more, I would offer, than does the expression "the dogs of war" suggest. Tossing the loaf accross the bridge to incite the dog to follow is equally nothing more than has always been done with rulers, both temporal and ecclesiastic, and THEIR "dogs of war," who were generally paid with crumbs from the master's table.

Regards,
Mark

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The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 1633 Paul Cochrane 27-Feb-04 06:28
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 410 Anne-Marie 27-Feb-04 07:13
Moderator Note 394 Jaimi 27-Feb-04 21:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 395 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 12:32
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 448 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 14:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 398 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 14:49
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 415 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 15:10
D'Adamo... talk about synchronicity 462 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:33
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 374 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 16:35
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 618 SunSword 27-Feb-04 18:36
Need source for your claim 430 ananda 27-Feb-04 18:57
Re: Need source for your claim 440 SunSword 27-Feb-04 22:19
No source or evidence? 456 ananda 27-Feb-04 22:44
Re: No source or evidence? 400 fiascohoho 28-Feb-04 00:10
Re: No source or evidence? 470 SunSword 28-Feb-04 00:40
Re: Need source for your claim 444 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 23:04
Re: Need source for your claim 430 ananda 28-Feb-04 00:44
Are you assuming... 346 ananda 29-Feb-04 20:15
Re: Are you assuming... 384 SunSword 01-Mar-04 14:39
Re: Are you assuming... 404 ArmchairObserver 01-Mar-04 15:50
Re: Are you assuming... 390 SunSword 01-Mar-04 17:23
Re: Need source for your claim 296 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:26
Blood Types 434 jameske 28-Feb-04 15:51
Re: Blood Types 431 Lee McGiffen 29-Feb-04 12:30
Re: Blood Types 333 jameske 29-Feb-04 14:40
Re: Blood Types 440 ananda 29-Feb-04 15:36
Re: Blood Types 415 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:09
Re: Blood Types 423 SunSword 29-Feb-04 18:15
Re: Blood Types 428 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:03
Re: Blood Types 402 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:16
Re: Blood Types 446 Lee McGiffen 01-Mar-04 11:32
Re: Blood Types 727 Paul Cochrane 03-Mar-04 01:09
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 396 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 16:15
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 416 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 434 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 17:40
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 413 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 469 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 424 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:18
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 425 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 16:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 436 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:55
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 385 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 423 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 06:22
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 443 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 17:01
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 406 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 17:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 443 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 18:25
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 476 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 19:53
Mod remark 434 Kees 27-Feb-04 20:13
Re: Mod remark 463 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 22:08
Re: Mod remark 383 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 22:36
Re: Mod remark 402 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 23:27
Moderator note 420 Jaimi 28-Feb-04 04:29
Re: Moderator note 407 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:46
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 438 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:08
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 407 fisherman 27-Feb-04 17:41
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 416 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:41
Belief, Proof and what does it matter 398 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 386 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 08:30
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 412 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 11:52
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 424 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 14:07
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 425 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 15:40
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 429 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:56
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 391 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:32
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 422 Elizabeth Newton 01-Mar-04 15:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 430 Trygve Hogebol 29-Feb-04 18:37
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 354 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 04:24


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