Sea-Born City to Secret Hill

Sea-Born City (The), Venice.

Sea-Captain (The), a drama by lord Lytton (1839). Norman, “the sea-captain,” was the son of lady Arundel by her first husband, who was murdered. He was born three days after his father’s murder, and was brought up by Onslow, a village priest. At 14 he went to sea, and became the captain of a man-of-war. Lady Arundel married again, and had another son named Percy. She wished to ignore Norman, and to settle the title and estates on Percy, but it was not to be. Norman and Percy both loved Violet, a ward of lady Arundel. Violet, however, loved Norman only. A scheme laid to murder Norman failed; at the end Norman was acknowledged by his mother, reconciled to his brother, and married Violet.

Sea-Girt Isle (The), Great Britain.

Sea-Green Robespierre. So Carlyle calls Robespierre. The epithet was borrowed from Shakespeare.

Armando. Of what complexion was Delilah!
Moth. Of the sea-water green, sir.
   —Love’s Labour’s Lost, act i. sc. 2 (1594).

(Delilah was called sea-green because she was jealous, and Robespierre was jealous of Danton. The whole of Carlyle’s French Revolution is in imitation of the Renaissant period, the worst style possible—neither poetry nor prose. It is well that it has found no imitators.)

Sea-King’s Daughter from over the Sea. So Tennyson call the princess of Wales, in his Welcome to Alexandra (March 7, 1863).

Sea of Sedge (The), the Red Sea. This sea so abounds with sedge that in the Hebrew Scriptures it is called “The Weedy or Sedgy Sea.” Milton refers to it; he says the rebel angels were numberless as the

…scattered sedge
Aflote, when the fierce winds Orion armed
Hath vexed the Red Sea coast.
   —Milton: Paradise Lost, i. 304 (1665).

Sea of Stars, the source of the Yellow River, in Thibet; so called because of the unusual sparkle of the waters.

Like a sea of stars.
The hundred sources of Hoangho [the Yellow River].
   —Southey: Thabala the Destroyer, vi. 12 (1797).

Seaforth (The carl of), a royalist in the service of king Charles I.—Sir W. Scott: Legend of Montrose (time, Charles I.).

Seasons (The), a descriptive poem in blank verse, by James Thomson, “Winter” (1726), “Summer” (1727), “Spring” (1728), “Autumn” (1730). “Winter” is inscribed to the earl of Wilmington; “Summer” to Mr. Doddington; “Spring” to the countess of Hereford; and “Autumn” to Mr. Onslow.

(1) In “Winter,” after describing the season, the poet introduces his episode of a traveller lost in a snowstorm, “the creeping cold lays him along the snow, a stiffened corse,” of wife, of children, and of friend unseen. The whole book contains 1069 lines.


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