"i find myself at the extremity of a long beach.
how gladly does the spirit leap forth, & suddenly enlarge it's sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep!
a greeting & a homage to the sea!
i descend over it's margin, & dip my hand into the wave that meets me, & bathe my brow.
that far resounding roar is the ocean's voice of welcome.
his salt breath brings a blessing along with it." -Nathaniel Hawthorne.