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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

(10) "OBEY ME, SEA, AND HEED MY WORD: FLOW NOT FORWARD!"

KING CANUTE

Beside the ocean's swelling tide
Canute, the king, once wandered --
But suddenly he stopped his stride
And arrogantly pondered.

"All men," he mused, "bow down to me,
But how they'd gasp in wonder,
If I could rule the mighty sea
And hush its voice of thunder!"

His courtiers who strode with him
Encouraged him to try it;
Said they:  "No man disputes your whim,
Nor would the sea defy it!"

With this, "O Sea," cried King Canute,
Your tides I now determine.
Dare not approach my royal boot
Or splash my robe of ermine!

Obey me, Sea, and heed my word:
Retreat!  Waves, flow not forward!"
He paused, abashed, as undeterred,
The shouting sea rolled shoreward.

                                                                                                       Leo Harrington


Then said Canute, as thoughtfully
He sought the palace doorway:
"A greater power commands the sea
Than I, the king of Norway!


  

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