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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 1893 Paul Cochrane 27-Feb-04 06:28
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 519 Anne-Marie 27-Feb-04 07:13
Moderator Note 502 Jaimi 27-Feb-04 21:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 509 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 12:32
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 571 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 14:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 508 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 14:49
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 525 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 15:10
D'Adamo... talk about synchronicity 582 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:33
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 481 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 16:35
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 734 SunSword 27-Feb-04 18:36
Need source for your claim 540 ananda 27-Feb-04 18:57
Re: Need source for your claim 552 SunSword 27-Feb-04 22:19
No source or evidence? 567 ananda 27-Feb-04 22:44
Re: No source or evidence? 508 fiascohoho 28-Feb-04 00:10
Re: No source or evidence? 582 SunSword 28-Feb-04 00:40
Re: Need source for your claim 563 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 23:04
Re: Need source for your claim 541 ananda 28-Feb-04 00:44
Are you assuming... 456 ananda 29-Feb-04 20:15
Re: Are you assuming... 488 SunSword 01-Mar-04 14:39
Re: Are you assuming... 511 ArmchairObserver 01-Mar-04 15:50
Re: Are you assuming... 501 SunSword 01-Mar-04 17:23
Re: Need source for your claim 405 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:26
Blood Types 540 jameske 28-Feb-04 15:51
Re: Blood Types 551 Lee McGiffen 29-Feb-04 12:30
Re: Blood Types 441 jameske 29-Feb-04 14:40
Re: Blood Types 557 ananda 29-Feb-04 15:36
Re: Blood Types 527 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:09
Re: Blood Types 535 SunSword 29-Feb-04 18:15
Re: Blood Types 537 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:03
Re: Blood Types 514 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:16
Re: Blood Types 562 Lee McGiffen 01-Mar-04 11:32
Re: Blood Types 891 Paul Cochrane 03-Mar-04 01:09
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 504 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 16:15
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 523 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 548 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 17:40
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 527 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 572 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 533 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:18
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 544 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 16:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 544 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:55
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 491 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 536 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 06:22
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 550 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 17:01
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 517 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 17:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 552 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 18:25
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 606 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 19:53
Mod remark 561 Kees 27-Feb-04 20:13
Re: Mod remark 571 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 22:08
Re: Mod remark 494 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 22:36
Re: Mod remark 511 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 23:27
Moderator note 536 Jaimi 28-Feb-04 04:29
Re: Moderator note 519 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:46
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 545 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:08
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 515 fisherman 27-Feb-04 17:41
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 530 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:41
Belief, Proof and what does it matter 508 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 495 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 08:30
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 522 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 11:52
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 538 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 14:07
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 535 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 15:40
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 545 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:56
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 503 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:32
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 539 Elizabeth Newton 01-Mar-04 15:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 530 Trygve Hogebol 29-Feb-04 18:37
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 457 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 04:24


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