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The Giant Ship
SOMEWHERE in the Western Ocean in those tossing leagues of sea that lie to the eastward of the fishing grounds upon the Grand Banks of Newfoundland the stout bark Etoile de Saint Maio rolled sullenly in a dark sea and shook from her idle sails enfolding masses of fog.
Notes On Giant Ships.
The eye of the imagination sees a world in which there are no fixed dimensions. The hero who has saved us from death becomes as we tell of him a giant of strength and prowess. The fish which we see just eluding our hook appears to be a vast and beautiful creature of untold weight and of strength sufficient to sink our boat.
Dahul
AN autumn gale gathering its forces in the sombre depths of the Western Ocean winged its way toward the shores of Brittany. Before it in warning, myriad-footed, swept a torrential rain. Night was falling in Morlaix that sits with her ancient feet in the sea, and in the twilight the heavy drops that beat upon her roofs and poured in torrents down her cobbled streets shone.
Notes On The Flying Dutchman And Punishment Ships.
This Breton legend of deathless punishment was collected by Elvire de Cerny in 1859 from an aged sailor and reported in the Revue des traditions populaires (XV, p. 96). It belongs to the class of Flying Dutchman legends and contains many details of striking interest.
La Belle Rosalie
WIND-SHELTERED by white cliffs and rock-perched beyond the grasp of channel waves nestles defiantly the quaint fishing town of Dieppe. Her cobbled streets run precipitously to her harbor, and when the fishing fleet is out the sweet calm of surrounding fields vies with the quiet of her ancient churchyards.
Notes On Phantom Ships
The annals of the sea contain many apparently authentic accounts of sea apparitions. They are reported with much detail and with that certainty which indicates that they are not merely creatures of the storyteller's art, but are reports of actual experiences of the narrator.
The Serpent Junk
A HIGH-STERNED junk, not unlike the smaller caravels of Columbus, lay idly by the shores near Foochow enveloped in the mists of morning. Marshbirds discovered her by the light of dawn and flew away shrilly crying.
Notes On Devil Ships
The dragon, serpent or snake is the most interesting creature in the range of mythological fauna. Knights and heralds emblazon him on cloth of gold; troubadour and bard sing his story ; painter and sculptor depict his varying forms; folklorist and philologist record his ancient lineage. Our story of the Dragon junk is peculiarly typical of the class of devil ships.
Stone Boat
AT night about the lodge fires the old men tell that many years ago, before the white men came, there lived in a village of the Six Nations, Abeka, a young hunter, who was straight and tall and keen of eye. All of the signs of the forest were to him as spoken words, and he knew all the woodland paths and the trails of the wilderness from the great portages of the north to the great falls.
Notes On The Death Voyage
The legend of the stone canoe is the product of the eternal striving of man to push aside the veil which hides the hereafter, to fathom the dark abyss, and explore what a fine poetry has called the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Giotto - Introductory
THERE are few characters of any real importance in the history of Italian art, concerning whom we possess less certain or genuine information than we do in regard to Giotto di Bondone.
Forerunners Of Giotto
IN the history of her painting, Tuscany does not greatly differ from certain other provinces of Central and Northern Italy. In comparison with Rome, she cannot be said to have possessed anything deserving the title of a native school of painters until at a relatively late period.
Giotto's Early Years
GIOTTO DI BONDONE was born at Colle, a little village belonging to the Commune of Vespignano in the beautiful valley of the Mugello, not many miles to the north of Florence. No authenticated evidence has been handed down to us regarding the exact date of his birth, a fact which has given rise to various discussions and conjectures on the part of art-historians, for the past two centuries, as to the most probable year in which that important event took place.
The First Works Of Giotto
BOTH Ghiberti and Vasari tell us that Giotto's first independent works were painted for the church of the Badia in Florence, and the latter writer dwells at length upon the powerful expressiveness of an Annunciation of the Virgin (evidently a fresco) in the chapel of the high-altar of that church.
Giotto - Assisi - The Lower Church
THE limits of this little work render it impossible for us to enter into any historical description, however interesting, of the great church of San Francesco at Assisi—far less into a critical examination of the earlier paintings with which it is adorned—and the reader must rest satisfied with the few words of mention already accorded these works in a previous portion of this volume.
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