Homeward Bound

To the seafarer there sometimes seems a vast difference between the outward and the homeward journeys. Homeward bound! How the words have rung in the ears and the hearts of the mariners of the world, from the ship's boy of an old windjammer to the captain of the floating palaces of the Atlantic! The homes that call across the sea are equally diverse.

The force of an ideal is exemplified in the vigor which marks the sailor's work when his ship is heading for home. storms daunt him less; for just beyond the horizon—recede how it will—are warmth, welcome, and all that stands for home. What mariner would allow his ship's course to be determined by the varying forces and circumstances of marine experience! Tack he may, but only to the same end,—the reaching of his haven.

Longing versus Understanding
September 15, 1923

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