A ROMANTIC interest and something of a deeper sentiment has ever attached itself to "those who go down to the sea in ships." In certain directions the world has moved swiftly, but probably the conditions which prevail today on board a fishing lugger have altered but little from those which obtained when the disciples of Jesus went "a-fishing." The deep-sea fisherman links thought with the past, and carries us back to the inspiring sea tales of Bible history.

The writer, whose home is on the east coast of England, comes in frequent contact with the brave toilers of the sea, and no one could fail to be struck with the depth of piety that so frequently underlies their rough and sturdy character. Many a time he has traveled on the same train with these peaceful Vikings, proceeding from one little fishing port to another, and listened to the chorus of strong musical voices that rose above the roar of the train until it even seemed a rhythmical accompaniment to the songs of praise and thanksgiving to Him who "is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." And yet how often do the "mighty waves" claim to overpower and overwhelm these men! On stormy nights, when listening to the roar of the elements, thought has gone forth to these people with longing for that time to come of which Mrs. Eddy has written, when the "mariner will have dominion over the atmosphere and the great deep" (Science and Health, p. 125).

November 30, 1912

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